Mayor Lim suspends afternoon classes in Manila (August 1, 2012)

Manila mayor Alfredo Lim has suspended afternoon classes from preschool to high school on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 due to inclement weather.

In his official Twitter account, Lim also announced that afternoon classes in the college level are suspended.

The declaration was announced hours after he said in a phone-patched interview on “Umagang Kay Ganda” that his office would decide at 10 a.m. if there’s a need to suspend classes.

Was Mayor Lim’s decision too late?

Some parents complained in social networking sites Facebook and Twitter that their kids are already in school and it will be hard to pick them up or for the children to go home amid heavy rains and floods.

In July, MalacaƱang reminded city and municipal mayors to announce class suspensions as early as 4:30 a.m. to prevent children from going out of their homes, as provided for in Executive Order No. 66 signed earlier this year by President Benigno Aquino III.

However, deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said it will be up to the Department of Interior and Local Government, which has jurisdiction over LGUs, if local officials will be sanctioned for their failure to comply.

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