Local governments in Davao del Norte cancelled classes in light of the continuing threats posed by the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).

Panabo City Mayor Jose Relampagos suspended classes in the city in all levels, both public and private, until further notice.  The order took effect March 11.

Similarly, the Santo Tomas municipality Mayor Ernesto Evangelista suspended classes in all levels, both public and private effective March 11.

In a statement, Evangelista said the suspension is a precautionary measure by the municipal government against the possible spread of the coronavirus.

The province’s capital city of Tagum has cancelled all classes from pre-school to high school starting Monday, March 16.

Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon directed the Department of Education – Tagum to “accelerate” remaining activities for the current school year.  Suspension of classes on colleges and universities is left on the discretion of college administrators.

All school mass gatherings, including junior-senior proms, moving up and graduation ceremonies, are suspended.

The order also directed the Philippine National Police, the city’s Security Management Office and the Sagip Bata Quick Action Team to monitor public spaces and apprehend school children roaming unsupervised by their parent or guardian.  Rellon ordered these groups to apprehend these school children and bring them back home.

Similarly, the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACoS) suspended its classes starting March 16.

IGACos Mayor Al David Uy signed an executive order last March 9 suspending classes in elementary to high school and preventing mass gatherings, even retreats.  (Rommel F. Lopez)