- The Department of Education will no longer repost social media announcements on class suspensions
- DepEd tweeted that classes in all levels in Metro Manila were suspended on October 20 due to Supertyphoon Lawin
- It turned out that the basis of the tweet was a fake website
After tweeting a fake information coming from a certain website, Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced that the Department of Education (DepEd) will no longer repost social media announcements on class suspensions.
In an article written by JP Soriano of GMA News, it was disclosed that Briones’ declaration came after the DepEd’s Twitter account retweeted a wrong information, saying that classes in all levels in Metro Manila were suspended on Thursday, October 20, due to Supertyphoon Lawin. It later on turned out that the information came from a fake website, pretending to be that of the state weather bureau.
“Gusto naming mag-apologize at humingi ng pamumanhin sa general public sa confusion…. We are looking at what happened para ma-assure natin na hindi na yan mangyayari ulit [We want to apologize and ask for forgiveness from the general public for causing confusion…. We are looking at what happened to make sure that such thing will not happen again],” Briones expressed.
Meanwhile, the education chief said the DepEd could not suspend classes based on DepEd Order No. 43. The order provides that only local government units and local chief executives may suspend classes when no storm warning signal is advised by Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Suspension of classes
Based on the Executive Order No. 66 signed by President Aquino, classes in pre-school are automatically suspended if PAGASA raised Signal No. 1 in a particular area.
Classes are suspended up to elementary and high school when Signal No. 2 is raised; while classes in all levels are suspended under Signal No. 3 or higher.
Meanwhile, for higher education institutions, Commission on Higher Education Memorandum No. 15 provides that mayors and the heads of private colleges and universities have the discretion to suspend classes when no storm signals are raised during inclement weather.