By URIEL C. QUILINGUING
Contributing editor .
CLASSES in public schools were canceled Friday afternoon due to heavy rains brought about by localized thunderstorms.
Ryan Blanco, project development officer of the City Schools Division, said principals of at least three schools in flood-prone areas canceled all afternoon classes so students could be home before the anticipated flooding.
Blanco, designated as the division’s disaster risk reduction and management coordinator, said those who reported to have canceled classes, as of 2:20 pm that day, were Lapasan National High School, East City Central School, and Gusa Elementary School, all in the eastern side of the city.
Gusa Elementary School also canceled afternoon kindergarten classes which was suppose to start at 3 pm.
Earlier, Lapasan barangay chairperson Julito Ogsimir called on the principals of Lapasan NHS and East CCS to cancel all classes due to the rains.
Students of both schools witnessed how excess rainwater inundated their school pathways and some classrooms on Monday last week.
Incidentally, many learners of East CCS already left the school campus early afternoon that day due to the scheduled teachers’ general assembly.
Also, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council issued an advisory to motorists that Villarin Street in Barangay Carmen, fronting Country Village Hotel and St. Mary’s Academy of Carmen, was no longer passable to light vehicles.
It was the CDRRMC’s first street flooding update that was issued 2:20 pm Friday.