THE Department of Education (DepEd) in Eastern Visayas has lauded the support of the local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders in the conduct of limited face-to-face classes amid the decreasing cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the region.

“The success of the expansion of the limited face-to-face classes depends on the robust partnership between DepEd and its education partners,” said Dr. Evelyn Fetalvero, regional education director.

“We are glad that our LGUs and our stakeholders are very supportive. During our Focus Group Discussion with them, they really expressed their genuine commitment to support the progressive expansion of the limited face-to-face classes,” Fetalvero added.

In its general assessment during the opening of classes, the DepEd-Eastern Visayas reported that it went smoothly, adding that “the big factor was the strong support of the LGU, parents, and other stakeholders.”

DepEd also expected more schools to open face-to-face classes “as we progress with the implementation” and “for as long as the health situation will be favorable.”

Jasmin Calzita, DepEd regional information officer, said that 3,882 public and private schools in the region have implemented the progressive expansion of limited face-to-face classes as of April 18, 2022.

"This is 86.8 percent of the 4,473 schools in Region 8 [Eastern Visayas]," Calzita said. (SunStar Philippines)