#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for December 18 2023

#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for December 18 2023

(UPDATED AS OF 12:50 PM, December 18)

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA reported late Sunday night that tropical storm “Kabayan” (international name: Jelawat) was last spotted 275 kilometers east of Davao City (7.5°N, 128.1°E).

According to PAGASA, “Kabayan” carries maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (KPH), with gustiness of up to 80 KPH, and central pressure of 1000 hPa. It is moving west west northwestward, with strong winds extending outwards up to 420 kilometers from the center.

“Kabayan” will bring heavy rainfall across Mindanao and even parts of Visayas. Meanwhile, the shear line coinciding with the passage of the tropical storm may also bring heavy rainfall over eastern and Southern Luzon.

According to Department of Education order #37 series of 2022 signed by Vice President and concurrent Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio, both in-person and online classes are automatically suspended up to senior high school in local government units where a storm warning signal has been raised. Meanwhile, local government executives have the discretion to suspend classes in their respective areas if they deem it necessary.

As of 11:00 PM of December 17, PAGASA has raised the following areas under storm warning signals:


Dinagat Islands
Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands
Surigao del Sur
Northern portion of Agusan del Norte
(Kitcharao, Jabonga, Santiago, City of Cabadbaran, Remedios T. Romualdez, Tubay)
Eastern portion of Agusan del Sur (Trento, Bunawan, San Francisco, Rosario, Prosperidad, City of Bayugan, Sibagat)
Northern portion of Davao Oriental (Boston, Cateel)



Southern Leyte
Southern portion of Samar (Basey, Santa Rita, Marabut, Talalora, Villareal, Pinabacdao)
Southern portion of Eastern Samar (Maydolong, City of Borongan, Quinapondan, Guiuan, Lawaan, Balangiga, Llorente, Giporlos, Salcedo, Balangkayan, General Macarthur, Hernani, Mercedes)
Cebu including Camotes Islands and Bantayan Islands
⁣Negros Oriental
Negros Occidental


Rest of Agusan del Norte
Rest of Agusan del Sur
Central portion of Davao Oriental (Baganga, Manay, Caraga)
Davao de Oro
Davao del Norte
Davao City
Misamis Oriental
Misamis Occidental
Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Sur
Northern portion of Maguindanao del Norte (Buldon, Barira, Matanog)
Northern portion of Cotabato (Arakan, Carmen, Banisilan, Alamada, President Roxas, Kabacan, Matalam, Antipas, Magpet)
Northern portion of Zamboanga del Sur (Midsalip, Labangan, Tukuran, Aurora, Sominot, Ramon Magsaysay, Tambulig, Dumingag, Mahayag, Josefina, Molave)
Northeastern portion of Zamboanga (Siayan, Sindangan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Sergio Osmeña Sr., Katipunan, Dipolog City, Polanco, Mutia, Piñan, Dapitan City, Sibutad, La Libertad, Rizal)

The Filipino Scribe will be updating this article if and when new information becomes available.


Bohol – Including work in government offices
Iloilo – Special non-working holiday as per Republic Act 6155
Negros Oriental
Siquijor – Including work in government offices
Surigao del Sur – Including work in public and private offices
Maasin City
Ormoc City

Tuguegarao City – Special non-working holiday as per Proclamation 395 of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
Tandag City, Surigao del Sur – including work in government offices


Polytechnic University of the Philippines – For December 18 to 20
University of the Philippines Diliman – For December 18 to 20

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