Mon. Jan 24th, 2022

By the Staff

MANILA – Opening of classes next school year will be in September on areas placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) owing to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This was the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to President Rodrigo Duterte which the Chief Executive readily approved in Thursday night’s discussions over the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine and other matters related to COVID-19.

Approval by the President on IATF’s September school opening recommendation was aired through a taped public address Friday morning as read by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque along with other recommendations of the IATF-EID in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Iyong option po sa low-risk to moderate areas na buksan by industry consider for 100 percent closure maski po low to moderate risk consider for 100 percent closure pa rin dahil po ang mga transmitters ay kabataan mula edad 0 to 20: lahat ng eskwelahan, i-consider po ang late opening sa Setyembre except po sa online learning,” Roque said.

Roque further said that Provinces placed under GCQ are Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur, Apayao, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Batanes, Quirino, Aurora, Palawan, Romblon, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate, Guimaras, Bohol, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Davao Occidental, Sarangani, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Basilan at Sulu.

Roque also affirmed President Duterte’s approval on the school opening date.

It may be recalled Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones earlier announced her department “favors and August 4, 2020 opening of classes from June to August due to COVID-19 concerns.”

She added, however, that final decision of which would still depend on the final recommendation of the IATF. (ia/

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