9 Ilocos Norte public schools to join pilot face-to-face classes


Nov. 04, 2021 ...

Nine (9) public elementary and secondary schools have been approved by the Department of Education (DepEd) for the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes, which will start on November 15.

A total of 100 public schools were identified to take part in the program, including Alao-ao Elementary School and Paddagan Elementary School in the town of Bangui; Bicbica Primary School, Buanga Elementary School, and Godogod Elementary School in the town of Pinili; Cacafean Elementary School in the town of Marcos; and Dumalneg Elementary School, Dumalneg National High School, and San Isidro Elementary School in the town of Dumalneg.

Most of the participating schools are from the Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, and Caraga, which were evaluated based on their risk assessment, with the help of the Department of Health.

To ensure the safety of both learners and teachers, participating schools have complied with public health standards and have secured consent from their respective local government units and parents of students.

Gov. Matthew Marcos Manotoc has long supported this initiative of the national government early on the pandemic by urging agencies to allow the face-to-face conduct of classes in low-risk areas, saying that "the country should adopt a localized and not nationwide approach since the Philippines is the last country in the region to resume face-to-face classes."

His initiatives to bridge the gap in the distance learning setup include the distribution of thousands of mobile tablets, the provision of printers to Schools Divisions, and the institutionalization of new scholarships and continuation of old scholarships to Ilokano youth.

Meanwhile, DepEd is also in the process of completing the list of 20 private schools to implement the limited in-person classes on November 22. 57 private schools are also currently under evaluation and the list of participating private schools is expected to be released on November 12.