Duterte remains wary of ordering resumption of face-to-face classes –Bong Go
MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte remains wary of allowing the resumption of face-to-face classes amid the Covid-19 pandemic due to health concerns, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go said Monday.
“Mismong si Pangulong Duterte ay nag-aalangan pa at ayaw niya munang payagan ang face-to-face classes. Delikado pa po daw kasi ang panahon. Takot si Pangulo dahil ayon sa kanya, we are dealing with life here,” Go said in a statement.
(President Duterte himself is wary of allowing face-to-face classes now. He said it’s still dangerous. The President is apprehensive because according to him, we are dealing with life here.)
“Pwede namang sa next regular opening ng school year sa July o kapag ligtas na,” Go added.
(It may be possible to resume face-to-face classes in the next regular opening of classes in July or when it’s safe.)
Last December, Duterte recalled his approval to conduct the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes scheduled in January this year.
Duterte, however, allowed last month the resumption of limited face-to-face classes for medical and allied health programs in institutions located at general community quarantine (GCQ) and MGCQ areas.
This week, Duterte is expected to decide on the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to place the whole country under MGCQ.
Go maintained that the government should first start its inoculation program before easing quarantine measures.
“I am appealing to our authorities: Vaccine rollout first before MGCQ. No vaccine, no face-to-face classes,” the senator said.
“As we do our best to return to normalcy and revive the economy, let us first ensure that the lives of our people are protected. Throughout this pandemic, we have lost lives and we cannot afford to lose more,” he said.
NEDA had recommended a nationwide MGCQ to spur more economic activity in the country.
Nine out of 17 Metro Manila mayors backed the proposal, along with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The OCTA Research group, however, reported that there was “a slight upward trend” of Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila, known as one of the country’s coronavirus hotspots.
Health experts also believe that easing quarantine restriction would be premature.
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