Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has declared a suspension of face-to-face classes from pre-school to senior high school due to intense heat.

The class suspension, which covers both public and private schools in the city, is set to take effect on Monday (April 1) until Tuesday (April 2).

“Face-to-face classes at the collegiate level, including graduate school, may be canceled or suspended at the discretion of their respective school heads and administrators,” Executive Order (EO) No. 047 stated.

The city, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), may experience a heat index of 41 degrees Celsius (°C) on Monday and 42°C on Tuesday.

“In the event that in succeeding days, forecasted heat index in Iloilo City be 40 °C or above, face-to-face classes will continue to be suspended. Resumption of face-to-face classes will proceed once the heat index is below 40°C,” the EO stated.

Treñas also enjoined school heads to implement appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of students and staff within school premises, which include the implementation of modular distance learning.IMT