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Sunday, June 7, 2009

June 8, 2009 Major News Stories

CHED order floods phones of schools

Calls flooded the phone lines of Universities and Colleges in Cebu in trying to confirm the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) order to postpone the opening of classes from today to June 15.  The University of San Carlos (USC), Collegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion (CIC), University of Cebu (UC), and Cebu Normal University (CNU) have posted announcements that classes in all levels will open on June 15.

The University of the Philippines Cebu College (UPCC), which is under the UP System and not under CHED, has also announced that classes will start next Monday yet.

Classes are supposed to start today in these schools but as per order of CHED, college students will be given a week long extension and upon the administration's discretion, elementary and high school will also get the extension.

Some schools however did not defer the original schedule so classes start today in elementary and high school of St. Theresa's College (STC).

The STC administration said in an announcement, "We have classes tomorrow."

The University of San Jose-Recoletos basic education division, meanwhile, will start holding classes tomorrow.

For its various colleges, USJR and the rest of the 159 Higher Education Institutions in Central Visayas will open on June 15.

DepEd won't follow CHED suspension

The department said they only have authority over private schools with regard to curricular concerns, and not over administrative and operational concerns.

The DepEd also reiterated that they already have protocols regarding the suspension of classes if ever there are reported cases of influenza A (H1N1) in schools.

"AHN1" ituturing na lang na trangkaso

Dakay: No ban on close contact in Cebu

With a few cases of the Influenza A H1N1 virus in the Philippines, precautions are being taken in many areas including the places of worship, but the policy in one area does not also follow for the others.

Consultant negative for A(H1N1) - UCPB

Oil firms raise prices, LPG hike moved

Petron Corp., Chevron Philippines, and Total Philippines Corp. followed at 6 a.m. Seaoil Philippines Corp. also raised prices at 6 a.m. save for kerosene.

Transport groups protest new oil price hike

Constituent assembly convenes in July

PNP: Jail term for delinquent gun owners

Mar to BI: Probe influx of Chinese engrs.

Erap, Chavit together again

The last time Pres. Joseph 'Erap' Estrada and former Ilocos Sur Gov. and now National Deputy Security Adviser Luis 'Chavit' Singson were seen together in one place was last January at the wake for Erap's mom, Doña Mary Ejercito.

Carradine kin gets expert to examine body

Sunny weather until Thursday -- PAGASA

86,000 tons lost, disasters cause 1.2% drop 

Climate change is likely to have a negative impact on our agriculture, this according to a press conference by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration on the impact of typhoons on agriculture and health.

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