The Department of Education in Western Visayas (DepEd-6) is ready for the possible implementation of the limited face-to-face classes.
However, according to DepEd-6 regional director Ramir Uytico, they cannot implement it without a go signal from President Rodrigo Duterte.
“We are waiting [for] the final say of the President. So we are waiting for the go signal through our DepEd secretary and we can say that our teachers or the DepEd in the entire WV is excited and ready to implement,” Uytico told reporters during an online press conference yesterday.
DepEd-6 Policy Planning and Research Division chief Leo Dedoroy said there are 26 schools in the region that are piloting the face-to-face classes: six schools in Sagay City, Negros Occidental; five in Iloilo province; two each in Bacolod City and San Carlos City in Negros, Passi City in Iloilo, Antique, and Guimaras; and one each in Aklan, Roxas City, and the cities of Bago, Kabankalan and Sipalay in Negros.
Dedoroy noted that these schools have secured concurrences from their respective local government unit (LGU) to pilot face-to-face classes.
The concurrence of the LGUs is important because they will be helping DepEd relative to the implementation of the limited face-to-face classes, explained Uytico.
“Inihanda na natin ang data and what is important ‘yung concurrence sa LGU because as soon as we allow face-to-face, our local government units should always be vigilant, nakahanda sila kasi siyempre naman meron pang mga cases. Dapat ang LGU will be there to help us sa DepEd,” said Uytico.
In Western Visayas, Uytico noted that consultations among parents regarding the possible conduct of limited face-to-face classes were made and majority seemed not ready yet.
“…may mga waiver naman ito, requirement. Maybe ang mga parents sa region 6 majority parang ayaw pa sa limited face-to face,” he said.
The school year for 2020-2021 will end on July 10, 2021 based on DepEd Order No. 12-2021./WDJ