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Teachers’ plea to extend ‘work from home’ in GCQ areas to avoid ‘walk from home’

Teachers’ plea to extend ‘work from home’ in GCQ areas to avoid ‘walk from home’

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) plead to Secretary Leonor Briones to lengthen the work from home set up for teachers and other DepEd personnel whose tasks are not that necessary to skeletal work.

“Many of our teachers were ordered to report physically on Monday while there is no plan to provide for transportation for those who do not own private vehicles,” TDC Secretary-General Emmalyn Policarpio said.

According to DepEd Order Number 11, s. 2020 or the Revised Guidelines on Alternative Work Arrangements in the Department of Education During the Period of State of National Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pandemic released last June 15 the status quo on work arrangements of DepEd personnel is until June 21 and on Monday, June 22, teachers may be required to report physically.

“All the tasks required from teachers during this period may be done at home as we witnessed in the first three weeks of enrollment. Thus, there is no need for physical reporting for our teachers, whose main task is to teach,” Policarpio added.

“We just want to clarify the implementation of required physical reporting in connection with the locality’s community quarantine status. In particular, teachers- both in cities and provinces placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) may not be able to travel from their homes to their workplace because of limited or non-access to public transportation. Indeed, there is a recommended transportation arrangement like shuttle services or carpooling in the said DepEd Order, but with only two days remaining, how could we arrange for this?” Policarpio explained.

Policarpio emphasized that because classes- online will begin on August, teachers’ main jobs now, aside from enrollment, will be writing of modules and participation to the trainings and webinars conducted in partnership with DepEd.

“All of these can be done at home and we need not go to school to accomplish such. Otherwise, if we will be required to report physically, it would be ‘walk from home’ instead of work from home,” Policarpio ended.

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