Since the opening of classes this school year 2012-2013, the suspension of classes due to bad weather condition has never been a piece of cake. The new directive of the Department of Education which is giving the local government jurisdiction over the suspension of classes from kindergarten up to the high school level has resulted in an unacceptable number of flaws leaving a our students caught in the middle of a heavy downpour or an impassable flooded road.
Most people put the blame to the city mayors for their irresponsible actions regarding the said issue. But then again, the radical changes in our weather system make it harder even for our local weather bureau to provide us of accurate data.
Typhoons commonly give us the reason to declare the suspension of classes but then even monsoon rains have started delaying the learning schedules of our students. Previously, strong winds have stopped us from going to school but then the huge amount of rain nowadays has even posed a greater threat not just for our students but to everyone else.
The current arrangement between DepEd and the LGUs has a reasonable implication. Considering that not all areas (particualrly the metro) gets plunged in flooded waters. The only problem is the rain does not affect a wide area of our micro cities and most of the time, rain and flood is an isolated case. More often than not, this is the reason why the rate of abrupt action of our LGUs always falls short.
Our LGUs should come up with a systematic alert solution in order to verify the weather condition in their area that will aid them in determining the optimum action for their location. The barangays can be a good place to start since they are the basic local government unit that can coordinate with the municipal administration.
Yet, I believe, we should not fully rely on our LGUs decisions and better think of the safety of our kids. It is our duty as parents to take responsibility in keeping our kids out of harm’s way. Our own judgement can be the best thing to depend on at times like this.
Our country is still at the brink of adapting to the on-going climate changes. But I hope, we could immediately act as soon as possible before properties are damaged and innocent lives taken.