MANILA, Philippines – Nearly 4,000 schools across the country implemented alternative teaching modes (ADM) of learning on Wednesday to combat the high heat index felt in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Wednesday.

According to DepEd data, there are 3,954 schools across the country that used ADM instead of in-person classes to protect children from the effects of heat.

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This translates to 1,393,806 students affected, according to DepEd data.

Below is the number of schools by region that used ADM, according to their data:

  • Region I – 581
  • Region II – 3
  • Region III – 199
  • Region IV A – 32
  • Region IV B – 87
  • Region V – 148
  • Region VI – 990
  • Region VII – 694
  • Region VIII – 162
  • Region IX – 74
  • Region XII – 801
  • NCR – 183

Since early April, some local government units across the country have suspended classes, citing the high heat index.

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Some provinces have also reached the “danger” category on the state meteorological agency's heat index classification, meaning exposure could lead to heat-related conditions such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

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