TACLOBAN CITY-The Department of Education has allowed the teaching and non–teaching personnel not wear collared shirts as alternate uniforms amid this rising heat index across the country which led to suspension of in –person classes.

This was disclosed by Nilo Eder, information officer of the schools’ division here in the city, citing DepEd Memorandum Order 0662 issued on April 11.

The order allows all teaching and non–teaching personnel the option to wear “comfortable clothing” as the country experiences intense heat caused by the El Niño phenomenon.

In the same order, teaching personnel can opt to include their existing DepEd collared shirts used during official events and activities like Brigada Eskwela, Palarong Pambansa, Oplan Balik Eskwela and conference, among others.

Also listed were white collared shirts with the DepEd and “Matatag” logos.

T-shirts must be paired with matte black pants of any fabric or textile, such as jeans, slacks, and cargo pants, with the alternative uniform compliant with dress code rules set by the Civil Service Commission. This meant that leggings, jogging pants and tights were prohibited, Eder said.