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Bill to change opening of classes to September

Students hide under school tables and cover their heads with their hands during an earthquake drill at an elementary school in Paranaque city, metro Manila October 17, 2013. The death toll from an earthquake in the Philippines rose to 144 on Wednesday as rescuers dug through the rubble of collapsed buildings including an old church and a hospital. Nearly 3 million people were affected by the 7.2 magnitude quake on October 15.  (MNS photo)

Students hide under school tables and cover their heads with their hands during an earthquake drill at an elementary school in Paranaque city, metro Manila October 17, 2013. The death toll from an earthquake in the Philippines rose to 144 on Wednesday as rescuers dug through the rubble of collapsed buildings including an old church and a hospital. Nearly 3 million people were affected by the 7.2 magnitude quake on October 15. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker wants to change the opening of the school year from June to September saying floods disrupt the schedule of classes during the rainy season.

Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla (2nd District, Cavite) filed House Bill 104 proposing to change the current school calendar from June to September to ensure the safety of the students, teachers and their guardians from waterborne and flood-related diseases as well as street-repair accidents.

“The changing of the school calendar will help lessen the dangers posed to their health like respiratory diseases, dengue fever and leptospirosis, especially when classes are abruptly suspended or cancelled because of the rains and floods that threaten the safety of these individuals,” Mercado-Revilla said.

Mercado-Revilla cited the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) report stating that 19 to 20 typhoons visit the country every year beginning June up to September.

“For the past years, the torrential rains and heavy floods have often disrupted classes in all levels resulting in the suspension and irregularity of school days,” Mercado-Revilla said.

“As much as 25 to 30 days are subtracted from the school calendar, as recorded in the previous years,” Mercado-Revilla added.

Mercado-Revilla said only the Philippines and Brunei are the countries in the Asia-Pacific region that open their regular classes in June.

Mercado-Revilla said Malaysia and Singapore open their classes in January, China in February, South Korea in March, Japan and India in April, Thailand in May, Indonesia in July and Hong Kong in September.(MNS)

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