#WalangPasok – January 16 2017 declared a holiday in Batangas City

Batangas City will be celebrating its annual city fiesta this coming January 16, Monday. It has also been designated as Tourism and Cultural Day.

In relation to that, the said day has been declared a special non-working holiday as stipulated in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 119, which Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed on his behalf last December.

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January 16 2017, Monday, is a special non-working holiday in Batangas City

The full text of Proclamation 119 can be seen in the image above. The holiday will effectively give those working and studying in Batangas City a three-day weekend.

Batangas City became a city by virtue of Republic Act 5945, which then-President Ferdinand Marcos signed in 1969.


#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for January 9 2017 due to tropical depression ‘Auring’

Local government units in several areas in Visayas and Mindanao have announced the suspension of classes in their respective constituencies for tomorrow, January 9, due to tropical depression “Auring.”

Based on the 11:00 PM storm bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA, “Auring” was last spotted 35 km West Southwest of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte(09.7°N, 125.2°E). It carries maximum winds of up to 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 75 kph. It is moving west northwest at 7 kilometers per hour and is expected to stay in the Philippine area of responsibility until Wednesday.

As of late Sunday night, the following areas has been placed under signal #1.LUZON: Cuyo Island
VISAYAS: Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Provinces, Southern Leyte, Cebu including Camotes Island, Guimaras, Iloilo and Southern part of Antique.
MINDANAO: Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Dinagat Province, Misamis Oriental, and CamiguinAs stipulated in President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order 66, classes in all levels are automatically suspended in areas under Signal #3. Meanwhile, classes up to high school are suspended in areas under signal #2. Lastly, classes in preschool and kindergarten are suspended for areas under signal #1.

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Classes are suspended in certaina reas for January 9 2017 due to tropical depression “Auring”

Nevertheless, local government leaders can declare class suspensions on their own as they deem appropriate. So far, class suspensions had been announced in the following areas:

Manila (due to the Feast of Black Nazarene)
Bayugan City
Butuan City
Cabadbaran City
Tandag City
Bayabas, Surigao del Sur


Agusan del Norte


If there’s heavy rains or floods in the area where you will be coming from, keep in mind CHED Memo #15 (2012).


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January 16 2017 declared a holiday in Navotas City

Navotas City will be marking its 111th foundation anniversary this January 16, Monday.

That day has been declared a special non-working by President Rodrigo Duterte through Proclamation 120. The proclamation was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea in behalf of Duterte last December. Click here to read the full text of Proclamation 120. The holiday will give those working and studying in Navotas City a three-day weekend.


January 16 2017, Monday, is a special non-working holiday in Navotas City

Dubbed as the “Fishing Capital of the Philippines,” Navotas was once part of Malabon, which borders its east side. Navotas became an independent municipality through Act No. 1442 which was enacted by the Philippine Commission in January 16, 1906 (hence the celebration).

By 1975, Navotas together with twelve other jurisdictions became part of the newly-created Metropolitan Manila or National Capital Region. It achieved cityhood following a successful plebiscite in 2007.


Mathematics month theme 2016: “The future of predictions”

Just like last year, it appears that the Department of Education (DepEd) once again did not set aside a specific week or month for the celebration of mathematics exclusively. This is based on the school calendar being used for the current academic year 2016 to 2017.

In the absence of an official theme from DepEd, Math teachers in elementary and high schools nationwide can consider the theme developed by the American Mathematical Society for the 2016 Mathematics Awareness Month, which is “The Future of Prediction.”

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“The Future of Predictions” is the theme of Math Awareness Month 2016 in the United States
(Credits: www.MathAware.org)

The group elucidated on this in a statement, which reads in part:

“Throughout Mathematics Awareness Month 2016, we will explore how mathematics and statistics are the future of prediction, providing insights and driving innovation. During the month, we will be asking the question, “What’s next?” and exploring how mathematicians and statisticians contribute to society.

Effective prediction is essential to improving medicine; monitoring climate; providing sufficient, safe food supplies; and much more. Mathematics and statistics provide fundamental tools to see and shape the road ahead. “

In the Philippines, making mathematical predictions can have profound impact on many fields including economics, demographic studies, public health, among others. Many elementary and high schools across the country are expected to celebrate Mathematics Month this January 2017.

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