President Rodrigo Duterte is set to decide anew on whether he will allow face-to-face classes starting next year.
His spokesman, Secretary Harry Roque, said concerned agencies continuously monitor the situation of COVID-19 cases in the country, and will give an assessment for the president to decide.
“We continuously prepare for it but the decision is really with the President,” Secretary Roque said in Filipino.
He also said that the lead agency, the Department of Education (DepEd) is assessing the actual condition of COVID-19 and if the pandemic will affect the students as well.
The DepEd is also looking at all parts of the country and not just a specific “cleared” or COVID-19 free area.
Citing data from the Department of Health, Secretary Roque noted that the government is targeting to put all regions under the modified general community quarantine or MGCQ.
MGCQ is the most relaxed classification out of the four community quarantines in the Philippines.
In October, the DepEd made preparations for limited face-to-face classes in areas with no reported Covid-19 infections. PNA