BACOLOD Councilor Renecito Novero has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to coordinate with the barangays before implementing the limited face-to-face classes in the city.
Novero, chairperson of the City Council committee on education, said Tuesday, September 28, that he found out that the Alangilan National High School (ANHS) in Barangay Alangilan was included in the list of schools that are proposed to hold the pilot face-to-face classes.
Novero said he already talked with Alangilan Punong Barangay Degie Tanista Sr. who expressed that he is not in favor of the inclusion of ANHS for the pilot limited face-to-face classes.
The barangay still has several active cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Novero said, adding that he will negotiate with the DepEd Division of Bacolod for the non-inclusion of ANHS.
As of September 27, 2021, Barangay Alangilan has a total of 24 active Covid-19 cases.
The government should prioritize first the Covid-19 vaccine to ensure the safety of the students before re-implementing the face-to-face classes, the councilor said.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier approved limited face-to-face classes in at least 120 public and private schools in areas classified as low risk for Covid-19.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier said that the pilot limited face-to-face classes is a shared responsibility of the DepEd and the Department of Health.
Briones said it has the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), and the local government units themselves as well as the parents.
It will be monitored for two months, she added.