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Solon wants Aquino’s order on class suspension scrapped, see why

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Suspension of classes and work in government offices must not be based merely on public storm warnings.

This is the argument of 1-Ang Edukasyon Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr. who is calling for the scrapping of executive order 66 signed by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2012, which sets the rules on classes suspension.

The politiko said storm warnings “have been proven to be inadequate and insufficient indicators or bases” for suspension of classes and work.

He said the EO should be replaced with House Bill (HB) 6072 as “a template for a new, updated, upgraded, and more useful EO on suspension of classes and work.”

“EO 66 is in dire need of replacement. It is obsolete and out of touch with the current realities and the emerging future,” he added.

Under HB 6072, factors for suspension include not just storms and floods, but also landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges, toxic chemical spills, fires, active shooter situations, hostage-takings, kidnappings, banditry, terrorism, and a state of emergency.

The bill also empowers Malacañang and other authorities to suspend classes and work at Storm Signal No. 2, instead of Signal No. 3.

HB 6072 specifies the various indicators, degrees of intensity, and directly observable developments on which authorities can base their decisions to suspend.

The measure also provides that classes and work may be suspended or canceled due to widespread loss of electric power distribution, water supply distribution, or non-functioning of sewerage systems, and widespread collapse or offline status of several banking or financial systems that disrupt the normal functioning or cause serious financial incapacity or disruption of households, communities, institutions, and workplaces.