Schools suspend classes, graduation rites in Davao amid COVID-19 alert

Mar. 12, 2020

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Schools in Davao City did not wait for a confirmation of COVID-19 cases in the city, as they suspended classes and postponed graduation ceremonies as a preventive measure.

Ateneo de Davao University announced Tuesday it is suspending its graduation, recognition and moving up rites after consulting with stakeholders.

St. Peter College of Toril also suspended all classes of Basic Education level from March 11 to 13. Classes in their college level are suspended from March 11 to 19.

The Assumption College of Davao and the University of the Immaculate Conception also made a similar announcement on Wednesday, postponing graduation and moving up ceremonies, and other activities from Kinder to College Level until the state of public health emergency is lifted by the national government.

In Davao del Norte province, the local governments of Island Garden City of Samal, Panabo City, and Tagum City, issued respective executive orders suspending classes from March 16, amid the threat of COVID-19.

The Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) revealed on Wednesday that they have two more patients under investigation for COVID-19 in the region.

The Novel Coronavirus (COVIE-19) was reported late in December 2019 in China but has now spread to various parts of the globe, forcing the World Health Organization to issue advisories to prevent the spread of infection.

As of Wednesday, the Department of Health reported that the Philippines has a total of 49 confirmed COVID-19 cases. One case in Mindanao is confirmed in Cagayan de Oro. (

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