224 Schools Still Sheltering Evacuees

MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said that classes in more than 200 schools remain suspended because these continue to serve as evacuation centers for families affected by massive floods.

While classes in most private and public schools resumed already, data provided by DepEd showed that a total of 224 schools in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog, and Central Luzon continue to shelter for more than 30,000 families.

Despite the lost school days, Education Secretary Armin Luistro assured that make up classes are under way as per instruction of School Division Superintendents (SDS). "We are leaving the conduct of make - up classes to the discretion of SDS because they are in the best position to determine the local situation," he said.

Among the areas where classes are heavily disrupted include Marikina where students in all public and private schools-from pre-school to high school-were not allowed to go to school yet. Classes in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina were also suspended due to flooding.

DepEd said classes remain suspended in Benigno Aquino High School (Quezon City); Dampalit Elementary School (Malabon City); Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Kalawaan Elementary School, Pasig Science High School, La Immaculada Concepcion School (preschool to grade 5), and Pasig Catholic College (Pasig City); Muntinlupa National High School (Muntinlupa City); and Angono Elementary School, Angono National High School, Joaquin Guido Elementary School, Angono, San Vicente Elementary School, Angono; Dona Justa Guido Elementary School, Angono; Exodus Elementary School, Cainta; San Juan Elementary School, Cainta; Antonio Esguerra Memorial National High School, Taytay; Sitio Tapayan Elementary School, Taytay; Manuel I. Santos Memorial National High School, Taytay; Bagong Pag-asa Elementary School, Taytay; Muzon Elementary School, Taytay; Doña Pepeng Elementary School, San Mateo; and Central Elementary School, San Mateo (Rizal); Barangays Longos and Zamora in Meycauayan West; Paombong, from preschool to high school; and Hagonoy, from preschool to high school (Bulacan).