/ 1 March 2023

VICE President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte wants to implement remote learning for the students who are afraid to go to school following the gun attack that led to the death of a student in North Cotabato.

The attack, which took place on February 14, resulted in a drop in attendance in schools.

In a visit to the Pikit National High School, Duterte met with PNHS Principal Abdulkadir Buda and Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo who told her that the incident led to a dramatic decline in learners’ attendance.

Buda said attendance dropped to at least 65 percent.

Because of this, Duterte directed school officials to implement the Alternative Delivery Mode or remote learning instructions for children still afraid to go to school.

“Ang trabaho natin is lahat ng mga takot, patuloy pa rin silang mag-aral sa bahay. So dapat hanapin ninyo yan sila lahat. Sabihan sila mag ADM sila,” she told PNHS officials.

Duterte personally introduced the PagbaBaGo program of the OVP — an advocacy campaign that centers on the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty and underscoring the significance of responsible parenthood to ensure that children’s basic needs like education are met.

The Vice President also visited the neighboring Pikit Central Elementary School, where she emphasized the importance of education and hard work as vehicles for achieving one’s dreams in life.