CEBU CITY (4th Update, Nov. 25, 2016, 6:15 AM)Classes at Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) Cebu continues to be suspended today, Friday, Nov. 25, as Tropical Depression Marce crossed over northern Cebu early this morning.

As of 10:00 PM last night, the suspension covers only the elementary, junior high school and senior high school levels, according to Fr. Noel S. Sebetero, SDB, vice president for education and training.

Basic Education Department (BED) principal Fr. Jerome Mario C. Dublois, Jr., SDB, confirmed the official advisory an hour after.

Classes in college and Technical Vocational Education (TVEd) departments will continue, both told The Bosconian Odyssey.

Subsequently, the English culmination activity could not push through as scheduled Friday morning. This student news portal will give an update on the activity’s new schedule.

Meanwhile, Sir Eleuterio Abainza, junior high school principal, advised through Ms. Meg Pepito, secretary of the Parents Teachers Community Association (PTCA) Board of Trustees, of the following schedule of classes:

Monday, Nov. 28 – will follow the Friday schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 29 – will follow Thursday schedule.

Also, the Teachers Congress on Nov. 26-27 will proceed as scheduled, it was learned.

DepEd policy

Elementary classes got aborted yesterday morning as the government-run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) placed Cebu under Storm Signal No. 1 at 5:00 AM.

By policy of the Department of Education (DepEd) to suspend classes and/or the exercise of prerogative by school officials, DBTC Rector and President Fr. Honesto “Nioret” Geronimo, Jr., SDB, took it into effect.

Security guards and school personnel advised parents to bring the students in Grades 1 to 6 back home as they entered the campus.

By 12:00 noon, the school announced the suspension from Grade 7 to 11 and advised the students to go home as the Cebu Provincial Government placed the entire Cebu province under Code Red: Alert Charlie,

Although the leadership of Cebu City saw no need to suspend classes, the school opted to be more cautious and preferred Bosconians to stay and be safe at home.

DBTC Emergency Response Team (ERT) leader Renzo del Rosario told The Bosconian Odyssey just before midnight that Cebu City Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña would announce by 5:00 AM Friday if the city will order a suspension of classes.

The Mayor did, and opted for the resumption of classes.

Suspension stands

But  suspension in Grades 1 to 11 at DBTC stands, Fr. Alan Ross Banogon, SDB, vice president for administration, confirmed as of 4:30 AM today.

DBTC vice president for pastoral services Fr. John Vernil “Dodoy” Lopez, SDB, also did by 6:15 AM.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing, and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza also declared the continued suspension of classes today.

Satellite image of Tropical Depression Marce as of 11:00 PM today, Nov. 24, 2016.
Satellite image of Tropical Depression Marce as of 11:00 PM on Nov. 24.

PAGASA spotted Tropical Depression Marce above Leyte at 11:00 PM as it switched course from a west-north-west direction (that should have crossed Bohol towards southern Cebu) to a north-west direction after it crossed Siargao Island.

As Broadcaster Leo Lastimosa shared in his 6:00 AM broadcast over radio station DyAB, PAGASA Mactan traced Marce in the following places:

8:00 PM – Siargao
8:30 PM – Abuyog, Leyte
9:30 PM – La Paz town
11:00 PM – Ormoc City
1:30 AM – Bogo City
2:00 AM – Bantayan Island

By 5:oo AM today, Marce headed for northeastern Panay and got upgraded into a Tropic Storm.

Marce by 5:00 AM on Nov. 25. It approaches northeastern Panay.
Elevated as a storm, Marce by 5:00 AM on Nov. 25 approaches northeastern Panay.