THERE will be no classes Monday for elementary and high school students in 12 cities and one municipality in Metro Manila as the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) holds medical missions all over Manila.

    The Department of Education (DepEd) allowed the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to suspend classes because of the INC community outreach project in Manila that is expected to draw 1.6 million people.

    Elementary and high school classes were suspended in the cities of Valenzuela, Quezon, Caloocan, Pasig, Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, Taguig, Parañaque, San Juan and Muntinlupa, as well as in the municipality of Pateros.

    Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada suspended all classes in the city today.

    At least 1.6 million delegates and church members are expected to converge in Manila for the INC “Kabayan ko, Kapatid Ko Lingap sa Mamamayan” project.

    The MMDA said that Education Secretary Armin Luistro authorized Tolentino to suspend classes when Tolentino met with representatives of local government units (LGUs), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) to fine-tune the traffic contingency measures for today’s event.

    Four cities in Metro Manila will have normal classes—Marikina, Las Piñas, Malabon and Navotas.

    The INC project will be held simultaneously in five locations: Plaza del Carmen (beside San Sebastian Church), Plaza Avelino, Magallanes Drive Ext. (facing the Manila post office), Quinta Market, and at the parking space at the back of Far Eastern University, along CM Recto.


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