The 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) is to be done here in the Philippines. This is why a lot of people have been itching about posting something about the SEA Games. On the other side of the story, the Department of Education (DepEd) said that they’ll leave the decision to local officials and private school heads in terms of class suspensions.
To give you a bit of a background, the 30th SEA Games will be held in Manila, Philippines. Due to this, some of the roads were closed and are closely regulated and maintained to ensure the proper flow of traffic between hotels where the athletes are staying at and their venues.
Why are class suspensions being talked about?
Because of the jurisdictions of the SEA Games, some roads would be required to be closed. This, of course, would disrupt the regular flow of traffic of some roads, which in this scenario includes schools and universities around the capital city.
Although the event won’t be focusing just in Manila, it’s core would be in it. Meaning, a lot of traffic congestion would take place there.
Where are the 2019 SEA Games venue?
For you to know whether or not you’ll be affected, you need to know the venue of the 30th SEA Games.
Generally, the 30th SEA Games will be hosted in the following locations/clusters in the Philippines: Clark, Pampanga, Subic, Zambales, Metro Manila, and other local venues. The SEA Games were opened last Saturday, November 30th, 2019.
The SEA Games’ schedule would be from November 30th, 2019 until December 11, 2019.
The venue for the SEA Games would be on the following venues in the Metro Manila Cluster. NOTE: The venues are subject to change, for a more updated information, you can check their website at https://2019seagames.com.
Metro Manila Cluster
|Badminton||Muntinlupa, Sports Complex|
|Bowling||Coronado Lanes, Starmall EDSA|
|E Sports||Filoil Flying V Centre|
|3 x 3 Basketball||Filoil Flying V Centre|
|Billiards||Manila Hotel Tent|
|Squash||Manila Polo Club|
|Weightlifting||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
(Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
|Taekwondo||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
|Men’s Footbal||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
|Soft Tennis||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
|Tennis||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
|Artistic Gymnastics||Rizal Memorial Coliseum|
|Rhytmic Gymnastics||Rizal Memorial Coliseum|
|Aerobic Gymnastics||Rizal Memorial Coliseum|
|5 x 5 Basketball||Mall of Asia (MoA) Arena|
|Ice Hockey||SM Mall of Asia (MoA) Skating Rink|
|Figure Skating||SM Megamall Ice Rink|
|Speed Skating||SM Megamall Ice Rink|
|Wushu||World Trade Center (Hall A-B)|
|Karatedo||World Trade Center (Hall A-B)|
|Fencing||World Trade Center (Hall B-C)|
|Indoor Volleyball||PhilSports Arena|
As you can see, a lot of Metro Manila areas are going to be affected. This is why a lot of students studying around Manila have been itching to have class suspensions. Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla mentioned that public elementary schools, as well as high schools, are limited only to the schools recommended by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PSAGO) in terms of class suspensions.
The schools they recommended are:
- Tagaytay City Science National High School
- Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School
- San Antonio Elementary School
- Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School
- Gotamco Elementary School
- Andres Bonifacio Elementary School
- Rafael Palma Elementary School in Pasay City, Oranbo, and Bagong Ilog, Pasig City
These schools’ classes will be suspended starting December 2nd, 2019 to December 6th, 2019.
How about other schools?
As per the DepEd, they’re leaving the decision on whether they’ll suspend classes or not to the local officials (for public schools) and private school heads for private entities. They can choose to suspend on the days that would be simultaneous with the SEA Games events and in their respective locations.
Francis Zamora, San Juan City Mayor, declared class suspensions on Dec. 1 and 2; as well as from 5 to 10 as San Juan City will be hosting the e-games and 3×3 basketball games. These events are to be held at the FilOil Flying V Center.
In addition to that, some private schools also made announcement on their class suspensions.
That being said, you need to be in contact with your local officials and private school heads to know whether or not they consider suspending classes because of the event. The PSAGOC will not be held liable for any mishap in schedules and suspensions.
What do you think about DepEd’s decision to leave class suspensions on local officials and private school heads? Be updated with the 30th SEA Games here!