By Stephanie Sevillano

STIFLING HEAT. Dabawenyos feel the heat as Davao City sizzles at a heat index of 37.8 degrees Celsius on March 20, 2024. The Department of Education confirmed Monday (April 1, 2024) that several local government units suspended in-person classes due to the high level of heat. (PNA photo by Robinson Niñal Jr.)

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) confirmed Monday the suspension of in-person classes from preschool to senior high school in some areas of the country due to sweltering temperatures.

In a Viber message, Assistant Secretary Francis Bringas said learners will shift to alternative delivery mode (ADM) amid the hot weather.

“As of this hour (suspension of face-to-face classes in) Iloilo city was declared by LGU (local government unit) (for) April 1 and 2, automatic shift to ADM, and the municipality of Tantangan in South Cotabato, suspended for afternoon classes only,” he said.

“Please take note that only the in-person class modality is suspended,” Bringas added.

Besides Iloilo City and Tantangan, South Cotabato, local government units in Bacolod City, Roxas, Capiz, Kabankalan in Negros Occidental, and E.B. Magalona in Negros Occidental also suspended face-to-face classes in private and public schools.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) warned that several areas may experience “dangerous” levels of heat, which may cause exhaustion and heat cramps, with the possibility of heat stroke for individuals with high and continued exposure.

Areas with the highest or more than 40 degrees Celsius heat index include Aparri, Cagayan; Pili, Camarines Sur; Catarman, Northern Samar and Zamboanga City in Zamboanga Del Sur. (PNA)