DepEd suspends Monday classes for elementary and high school in Metro Manila because of major Iglesia ni Cristo event

The event is expected to cause heavy traffic in the metropolis.

Niña Calleja and Donna Pazzibugan of the Philippine Daily Inquirer report that classes in elementary and high school on Monday, October 14 have been suspended for all 17 local government units in Metro Manila as authorities brace for heavy traffic flow due to the massive Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) outreach project to be held in Manila.


According to the report, "Education Secretary Armin Luistro said he came to the decision to suspend classes upon the advice of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on the expected traffic scenario." Around 1 million INC members are expected to gather in Manila on Monday for the evangelical mission in six different locations: Plaza del Carmen beside San Sebastian Church; Plaza Avelino on Nagtahan; Magallanes Drive in front of the Post Office; the flea market beside Quiapo Church; the area at the back of Far Eastern University; and beside Isetann at the corner of CM Recto Avenue and Quezon Boulevard.


Aside from suspending elementary and high school classes, the cities of Manila, Malabon and Marikina have declared that college students also have no classes on Monday. Meanwhile, Tolentino advised motorists to avoid passing through Manila or to take alternate routes going to their destinations to avoid getting stuck in traffic.


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