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Philippines weighs suspending classes due to El Niño

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Manila, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) The Task Force to address the consequences of the El Niño weather phenomenon in the Philippines on Monday urged to consider the suspension of face-to-face classes, amid the possible effects of rising temperatures.

During a briefing, Presidential Communications Office Undersecretary and El Niño Task Force Spokesperson Joey Villarama urged local government units to take measure to protect students, especially.

Villarama stressed that governors should not only consider the advisability, but also the possible adverse effects of rising temperatures on students and teachers.

At home, students should also have access to drinking water, and stay in a well-ventilated area, the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, the deputy secretary of the Department of Education, Francis Bringas, said that students and teachers can wearg more comfortable clothes inside school facilities, always subject to dress codes.

On Monday, the Department of Education reported that 13 areas in four regions of the Philippines had already suspended classes from preschool to high school, in both public and private schools due to the sweltering temperatures.

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