According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the heat index in Metro Manila is expected to reach 42 degrees Celsius, and the provinces will reach 43 degrees Celsius today, April 2.

On April 3, 2024, the perceived temperature in the National Capital Region is estimated to climb to 43 degrees Celsius.

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(Screenshot from the PAGASA website)

As a result, several local government units in Metro Manila and provinces have decided to suspend in-person classes for public school students and shift to online coursework instead.

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(Photo by Vera Victoria)

In Metro Manila, the Quezon City government has decided to implement asynchronous classes for day care, elementary, and secondary public schools starting April 2.

Private schools have discretion to suspend face-to-face classes, however, as most of these institutions are equipped with air conditioning units, suspension might not be necessary.

Classes from preschool to senior high school, in both public and private institutions, have been suspended on April 2 in the following areas due to the heat index reaching 43 degrees Celsius:

Iloilo City
Bacolod City
E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental
Isabela, Negros Occidental
Silay City, Negros Occidental
Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental
Bago City, Negros Occidental
Dumangas, Iloilo
Roxas City, Capiz
Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental

In Tantangan, South Cotabato, half-day classes only are implemented for all levels, in both public and private schools, until April 15.

Local government units have also been directed to implement blended learning, which includes online and modular methods, while face-to-face classes are suspended.