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Palace: Not yet final if schools under ECQ will open on Aug. 24

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang said there is no final decision yet if public schools under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) will also open on August 24, saying the government still has to look at the data.



Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement following the announcement that the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has adopted the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of the Department of Education (DepEd) which entails the reopening of classes on August 24.

In an interview over Super Radyo DZBB, Roque said it was not final if schools under the ECQ will also open on the said date.

“Wala pa pong distinction… pero titignan nga natin ang datos kung saan mataas, kung saan mababa (There’s no distinction yet between schools in the enhanced and general community quarantines but we’ll look at the data telling us which places have a high or low number COVID-19 cases),” he said.

“Ang ina-assume natin talaga ay mag-g-GCQ na by August 24 pero kung mananatili ang ECQ, eh siguro po may bagong [guidelines] ang DepED diyan sa mga lugar na ‘yan (We’re assuming that we’ll be under the general community quarantine by August 24 but if not, I’m sure DepEd will have new guidelines for those areas),” he added.

On Saturday, Roque said schools will have to make use of alternative learning options once the new school year starts. However, extracurricular activities and events that draw large crowds will have to be suspended.

“Gagamitin po natin ang iba’t ibang learning delivery options tulad ng (We will use different learning delivery options like) face-to-face [learning], distance learning, at (and) homeschooling,” he announced over state-run PTV-4.

“Magkakaroon din po tayo ng mga pagkansela ng mga extracurricular activities kung saan merong malaking pagtitipon gaya ng (There will also be the cancellation of extracurricular activities where there are large crowds like) school sports, campus journalism, job fairs, at iba pa (among others),” he added.

Meanwhile, the Palace official said private schools can reopen as early as next month but they can only hold face-to-face classes starting August 24.

“Bagama’t may ilang mga pribadong eskwelahan na magbubukas daw sila ng Hunyo, wala pong face-to-face yun… Pwedeng homeschooling, pwedeng modules (Though some private schools will open in June, there will be no face-to-face classes. It can be through homeschooling or through modules),” he told Super Radyo DZBB.

Based on the adopted policy of the IATF, basic education classes will reopen on August 24 and will end on April 30 next year.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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