• Classes in Metro Manila resume today

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    Classes in Metro Manila will reopen today even in schools being used as shelter for flood evacuees, an Education official said Wednesday.

    Luz Almeda, Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR) director, said classes can resume since no schools were damaged by heavy rains and floods.

    “We have not assessed flood damage to our schools because we’re still busy accommodating evacuees,” Almeda said.

    She said classes can resume even at schools being used as evacuation sites.

    “The evacuees can transfer to open spaces. They can go to the covered court. They can stay even if there are classes,” Almeda added.

    She said teachers can still use the classrooms “because evacuees usually leave during the day and stay only during night time.”

    The schools where evacuees are staying are in Quezon City, Marikina City, Baclaran in Paranaque City, Muntinlupa City, Valenzuela City, Malabon City, Taguig City, and the municipality of Pateros.

    According to Almeda, one school in Pateros was housing 500 evacuees.

    The biggest number of evacuees are in Marikina City, particularly in Nangka Elementary School, with 769 families, and H. Bautista Elementary School with 777 families.

    NEIL ALCOBER

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