(UPDATED, July 17)

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to deliver his second State of the Nation Address or SONA this July 24 (Monday) at the House of Representatives in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

In line with this, Mayor Herbert Bautista has announced the suspension  of classes for all levels on the said day throughout the city. Just like in previous years, this is intended to minimize traffic congestion around Batasan Complex, particular along Commonwealth Avenue. Bautista made the announcement through his official Facebook page last July 17.

Members of the Philippine National Police typically flock to the area not only to enhance security but to serve as a shield against protesters. During the SONA day, the northbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue is closed to vehicles, which causes hour-long traffic jams.

july 24 2017 no classes quezon city
Classes in all levels in Quezon City for July 24 2017 are expected to be suspended in view of President Duterte’s 2017 State of the Nation Address (Credits: Facebook page of Presidential Communications Operation Office)

Prior to 2015, classes in the following schools are the only ones suspended whenever a President delivers the SONA:

Elementary Schools:

  • Bagong Silangan Elementary School
  • Balara Elementary School
  • Benigno Aquino Elementary School
  • Commonwealth Elementary School
  • Corazon Aquino Elementary School
  • Culiat Elementary School
  • Doña Juana Elementary School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Holy Spirit Elementary School
  • Lagro Elementary School
  • Lupang Pangako Elementary School
  • Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School
  • Melencio Castelo Elementary School
  • New Era Elementary School
  • North Fairview Elementary School
  • Old Balara elementary School
  • Payatas B Elementary School
  • Payatas B-Annex Elementary School
  • Payatas C Elementary School
  • San Diego Elementary School
  • West Fairview Elementary School

High Schools:

  • Bagong Silangan High School
  • Balara High School
  • Batasan Hills National High School
  • Commonwealth High School
  • Culiat High School
  • Holy Spirit National High School
  • Judge Cecilia Muñoz Palma High School
  • Judge Feliciano Belmonte High School
  • Lagro High School
  • New Era High School
  • North Fairview High School

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