/ 16 September 2021

THE DEPARTMENT of Education in Antique recommended two schools in the province for the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes once President Rodrigo Duterte allows it.

DepEd Superintendent Felisa Beriong said that Igsoro Integrated School and the Mayabay Elementary School were allowed by their respective local government units to hold in-person classes.

“The mayors of Bugasong and Barbaza towns had approved the holding of the limited face-to-face learning that’s why we were able to recommend the two schools,” Beriong said.

“The two schools are located in remote areas and have no confirmed cases of Covid19. We are waiting until now for the approval of the DepEd Regional Office 6 for us to hold limited face-to-face classes,” she added.

On Monday, the city government of Taguig was chosen by the DepEd as one of the pilot cities in Metro Manila for in-person classes.

DepEd expressed confidence in the city’s capability to hold F2F classes as its vaccination output reached one million recently.

Palace Spokesman Harry Roque earlier said that Duterte gave a “positive reaction” to the presentation of Education Secretary Leonor Briones on the proposed physical classes.

However, Roque noted that the President has yet to decide on the conduct of pilot F2F classes in low-risk areas.

UNICEF claimed only the Philippines and Venezuela are the two countries in the world that have not resumed physical classes since the pandemic started.