Guided by President Duterte’s decision not to suspend classes in all schools in Metro Manila and nearby regions, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is instead recommending the suspension of classes in at least 20 public and private schools, colleges, and universities in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Southern Luzon on December 2 to 6 to give way to the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the Department has issued Memorandum Circular 2019-198 urging all Local Chief Executives in cities and towns serving as venues for the SEA Games to cancel or suspend classes in select schools only and only on the dates coinciding with the competition schedules in their respective areas.
He said that Secretary Eduardo M. Año issued the Memorandum Circular upon the request of the Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) to alleviate traffic in their respective areas.
“Siguradong libo-libong tao at sasakyan ang dadagsa sa mga lugar na pagdadausan ng SEA Games para saksihan ang tagisan ng galing sa larangan ng sports. Dahil dito, nagpalabas ng Memorandum si Seretary Año sa mga mayor sa mga naturang lugar na suspendihin o kanselahin ang mga klase sa piling mga paaralan at unibersidad para kahit paano ay maibsan ang traffic at para na rin sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan,” said Malaya.
Memorandum Circular No. 2019-198explains that class suspensions are necessary in order to lessen the inconvenience to the students and the public that may be brought about by the anticipated heavy volume of traffic and the influx of people who will be coming in from all over the Philippines and the Southeast Asian Region to participate or watch the SEA Games.
Based on the list provided and vetted by the SEA Games Security Task Force, PHISGOC, and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the following schools are recommended for class suspensions from December 2 to 6:
Metro Manila -- St. Paul College-Pasig, Poveda, De La Salle University, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, St. Scholastica’s College-Manila, Arellano University School of Law-Manila, and Wesleyan College-Manila;
Southern Luzon Cluster -- Tagaytay Science National High School, City College of Tagaytay, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School, Blessed Christian School de Santa Rosa, U.P. Los Baños, Christian School International, and San Antonio Elementary School;
Subic Cluster -- Lyceum of Subic Bay Palm Tree, WOW Recreation and Activity Center, Mondriam Aura College, and College of Subic Bay Montessori-Subic Bay;
Clark Cluster -- Systems Plus College Foundation and Angeles University Foundation.
Malaya said that mayors may also extend the class suspension to other schools or colleges in their respective jurisdictions should they see the need to do so. “The DepEd or school authorities may also declare class suspensions on their own authority if they wish to do so,” he said.
“We have provided the Mayors with the competition schedules which will serve as their basis on determining the dates of the class suspension in these select schools,” he said.