TACLOBAN CITY– Classes in the elementary and secondary in the city were suspended by Mayor Alfred Romualdez for two days beginning on Thursday (May 2) due to the intense heat.

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez issues an executive order suspending for two-days, beginning last Thursday(May 2), classes in the city due to the intense heat.(PHOTO COURTESY)

The city mayor issued an executive order to this effect, citing heat indices of Pagasa in the city.

“The health and well-being of the students, teachers, and the entire school community are paramount important and must be protected during adverse weather conditions,” part of the order issued by Romualdez said, citing the reason for the suspension of classes.

The two-day suspension of classes cover both public and private schools.

Romualdez said that based on the forecast made by Pagasa, the heat index of the city for the periods of May 2 and 3 may reach up to 46 degrees Celsius which is already classified as of ‘danger’ level.

This can potentially, the city mayor said, cause heat cramps and head exhaustion with a heightened risk of heat stroke.

He urged the school management to conduct their classes to alternative distance learning.
As of 12 noon, the heat index of the city reached up to 38 degrees Celsius.

Last Tuesday, the city posted its highest ever heat index at 47 degrees Celsius.

Classes in the college levels have earlier adopted distance learning and did not require students to wear their school uniforms for those who are still attend their classes.