/ 15 September 2020

VICE President Maria Leonor Robredo on Monday, September 14, once again pushed for face-to-face classes in areas unaffected by Covid19.

”Hanggang ngayon ay pinapakiusap pa rin natin na gamitin nila iyong risk assessment survey. Sa mga lugar na puwede namang mag-face-to-face classes, sana mag-face-to-face na lang,” Robredo said in a radio program.

“Kasi mahirap na iyong desisyon natin ay parang one-size-fits-all, na iba-iba naman ‘yong sitwasyon ng mga paaralan,” she added.

She also noted that printed self-learning modules for students in different regions costs more than providing gadgets for the online learning classes.

Batanes, including the Dinagat Islands and other coastal areas, has recorded no cases since the start of the outbreak.

Classes are set to open on October 5 after the Department of Education moved it from the previous opening dates in June and August due to quarantine restrictions.

The Office of the Vice President has reportedly initiated projects to establish learning hubs to help disadvantaged students in distance learning.

These hubs are found in Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City; San Antonio and Libacao towns in Negros Oriental; Caloocan City; Taytay, Rizal; Balete, Aklan; and San Jose, Camarines Sur; among others.

Last June, the vice president called for face-to-face classes in areas unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic as some parts of the country don’t have much resources for distance learning.