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Some Local Gov’t Official requests postponement of classes up to January 2021

Some Local Gov’t Official requests postponement of classes up to January 2021

As the Department of Education scheduled the opening of classes on August 24, some of the local government officials are not amenable to this idea.

League of Municipalities of the Philippines president Chavit Singson, mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, expressed that the safety of the youth should be the priority.

“Mas importante po ang survival kaysa education. Aanhin naman ang education kung mamamatay naman ang mga bata?.  Medyo delikado po ito so pag-aralan po mabuti,” Singson said.

Quirino Governor Dakila Carlo Cua, president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, agreed to the postponement of classes up to next year.

“I respectfully beg our legislators and our policymakers na pag-isipan na sa tingin ko po ang mas mahalaga ay kalusugan at kapakanan ng ating mga anak for this year. Maybe we can be a little more flexible. Mas mahalaga po ang buhay at kalusugan ng kabataan. Anyway hindi naman sila forever hindi mag-aaral. At most siguro baka half a year or one year po,” Cua said.

League of Provinces of the Philippines president and Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr. said opening classes in August is quite too early.

“Sa tingin ko po kahit na maraming areas na po under GCQ at saka medyo kakaunti na po o halos wala na pong infected persons sa kaniya-kaniyang probinsya, dahil po sa pagpasok ng mga OFWs at saka locally stranded individuals ay malaki pa rin po ang risk na mayroon pong malamang pumasok eh delikado pong buksan ‘yan ng August,” Velasco said.

“Sa tingin ko po pwede namang mag-start kung talagang ready na ang lugar bandang November, December, o bandang January. Kung mayroon pong required number of days habulin na lang sa batas iyon,” he added.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, Senate health committee chairman, agreed that the welfare of the student should be considered in decision making.

“Unahin ang kalusugan ng ating mga anak. Kahit ayaw kong maantala ang klase nila, important safe sila. ‘Yan ang unang consideration,” he said.

“Let’s assess first what happens in the coming days. For me, no vaccine, no physical classes na mangyayari,” he added.

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