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The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday announced the suspension of December 9, 2011 afternoon classes in all levels in the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila due to heavy rains.

DepEd NCR Director Elena Ruiz said that classes in all pre-school, elementary and high school (private and public) have been suspended due to predicted heavy rains this afternoon.

The DepEd suspension of classes , however, does not cover colleges and universities, which are under the care of Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Previous reports said college-level classes are only automatically suspended if an area is under storm signal number 3 or 4 hence leaving the pronouncement of suspension of classes in college level to university officials.

In its weather advisory of PAGASA issued at 5:00 a.m., 09 December 2011, at 2:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on satellite and surface data 330 km West of Puerto Princesa City (10.0°N,115.5°E).

PAGASA said the weather system will cause light but continuous downpours over Metro Manila until Sunday due to the convergence of the northeast monsoon and easterlies or the winds coming from the Pacific Ocean.

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