Sun. Aug 1st, 2021

MANILA – Senator Bong Go on Tuesday said he fully supports the idea of the government to help thousands of students stranded in Metro Manila due to the coronavirus crisis but pinning to go back home to their respective provinces while waiting for the next school year to begin.

The senator said he is with the initiative of the government as he understands the challenges faced by students who are studying in Metro Manila away from their families in the provinces.

“Ito’y upang matulungan ang mga stranded students dito sa Metro Manila na hindi nakauwi dahil sa travel restrictions at quarantine measures kontra Covid-19,” Go said.

“I fully support this initiative inspired by President Rodrigo Duterte.  Wala naman pong pilitan ito. Sa mga gusto lang po na umuwi pansamantala na mga estudyante, dahil naiintindihan po ni Pangulong Duterte, naiintindihan po ng gobyerno na mahirap po mapalayo sa ating mga pamilya,” Go added.

Senator Go said the ‘Hatid-Estudyante para Makabalik sa Probinsya’ program needs various agencies of the government to coordinate closely with each other to ensure the safety of students who would choose to voluntarily go home amid the crisis.

In close coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, and Commission on Higher Education, the initiative will be led by the Department of Transportation he said.

“Nananawagan tayo sa Department of Transportation na ihanda ang kailangang sasakyan ng mga estudyante  — whether through air, sea or land. Sagutin dapat ng gobyerno ang transportation expenses. Alamin rin po dapat ng CHED at DepEd kung sinu-sino ang mga estudyante na interesado. Himayin dapat kung sino yung kailangan talagang umuwi  at sino ang pwedeng maalagaan nalang dito sa Maynila,” Go stressed.

“Nananawagan rin po ako sa Department of Interior and Local Government na tumulong sa coordination para makapaghanda ang mga LGUs concerned na tatanggap sa mga uuwing estudyante, ma-contact yung kanilang mga pamilya, at para maihatid diretso sa kanilang mga bahay o mai-turnover ng maayos sa kanilang mga pamilya,” he added.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Go also emphasized the need that the initiative should be in strict compliance with protocols set by health authorities to avoid spreading the disease further.

 “Sa mga estudyante at kanilang mga pamilya, intindihin lang po natin na may proseso pong kailangan sundin kung nais nilang umuwi.”

“Para naman po doon sa mahihirapan bumalik sa Maynila sa pagbubukas muli ng klase ngayong Agosto at para naman sa mga may kaya, baka makakabuting manatili na lang kayo dito sa Maynila,” Go appealed.

And, hoping that the country will soon overcome the COVID-19 crisis and given the inevitable “new normal,” Go urged concerned government agencies and schools to guide students in preparing for the next school year.

“Schools must prepare their facilities and lay down protocols in preparation for the possible scenarios that students, teachers and education personnel will face when classes resume,” he said.

Go encouraged educational institutions to also explore possible online or distance learning programs for students to be able to continue their studies without putting them at harm or adding burden to them and their families given the challenges of the post Covid-19 situation.

“Hindi pa natin alam ano mangyayari sa susunod na mga buwan. Sinisikap po natin na ma-flatten na ang curve at matapos na ang krisis na ito. Pero hindi pa rin tayo dapat maging kampante kaya importanteng may precautionary measures pa rin in place para hindi na muling kumalat ang sakit,” Go said. (ia/SovereignPH.com)

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