PHILIPPINES: Classes suspended following typhoon

Classes at all levels of education were suspended last Monday in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, officials said a day after a tropical storm hit the Philippines. Bar exams scheduled for last Sunday were postponed, and teaching in higher education institutions was suspended in six provinces, Emmanuel Angeles, chairman of the Commission on Higher Education, told The Manila Times.

The suspension of classes at the tertiary level would allow colleges and universities to give way to government rescue and relief efforts for thousands of people displaced from their homes by Typhoon Ondoy, Angeles explained. The international name of Ondoy is Ketsana.

He also appealed to colleges and universities to assist government rescue efforts by sending out medical missions to hard-hit areas like the cities of Marikina and Pasig and the province of Rizal. "Universities and colleges in Metro Manila and nearby provinces that are not affected by the massive floods should help in the rescue efforts by sending medical students to help residents who need immediate medical attention," Angeles said.
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