Department of Education is expected to comment and give school opening recommendation to Inter-Agency Task Force in May.
This is a response to the recommendations made by the IATF on how to contain coronavirus disease 19 which includes the opening of classes to be scheduled on September. IATF recommendation was duly approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.
(Also read: IATF endorses opening of classes in September)
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque: “Mayroon po kasing batas na nagsasabi na ang opening of classes ay dapat Hunyo hanggang Agosto. Pero ang rekomendasyon po ng IATF, ang pinakamaaga pong pagbukas ng klase ay sa Setyembre, paano po ito Secretary (Chua)?”
Acting NEDA Secretary Karl Chua: “Actually, gusto ko po iclarify na tama po, may batas po at yung napresent po kanina ay for consideration lamang kasi po iyan ang lumalabas sa ating health study. Ang gusto po iparating ng DepEd ay magprepresent sila sa IATF ng kanilang recommendation para sumunod tayo sa batas. Anyway, hanggang end of August pwede naman po. Hintayin na lang natin ang DepEd para magpresent at yung IATF ang magsasabi kung policy na.”
PS Roque: “So ibig sabihin the recommendation the earliest is September but subject to compliance with the law and recommendation of DepEd. Malinaw po iyon.”