/ 4 December 2021

THE ALLIANCE of Concerned Teachers questioned the “no vaccination, no entry” policy being implemented in Ramon Torres National High School in Bago City, Negros Occidental.

The group said that the “preposterous policy” violates the right to work of school personnel and the student’s right to education.

It cited reports that a “no vax, no entry” sign was posted at the guardhouse of the school, preventing unvaccinated teachers and students from entering.

“Naghihingalo na nga ang edukasyon sa gitna ng pandemya, gumagawa pa ng mga dagdag na balakid para hindi makapag-aral ang mga bata at hindi makagampan ang mga guro sa kanilang tungkulin,” Raymond Basilio, the group’s secretary general, complained.

He called on the Department of Education to look into this concern.

He noted that the House Committee on Labor and Employment has called on the anti-Covid task force to suspend the implementation of such policy.

“While we believe that vaccination is an important measure in our fight against Covid19, mandatory vaccination is not the way to go to make the vaccination program succeed. We have to ensure first that we have enough vaccines to cover the population and that the supply is promptly deployed down to the most far-flung areas,” Basilio said.

“A massive education campaign must be conducted so that each and every question and apprehension can be answered and the public can be persuaded,” he added.