DepEd urged to suspend all-in-one school operations in earthquake-affected areas

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A heritage structure in the town of Vigan, Ilocos Sur is damaged by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Luzon on Wednesday morning (July 27). PHOTO COURTESY OF ARLENE GAJETON

MANILA, Philippines – The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to suspend all school activities in areas affected by the magnitude 7 earthquake.

The 7.0 magnitude quake hit northeast Langilang, Abra, at 8:43 a.m. Wednesday and killed four people, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Local Government.

“DepEd should suspend physical registration and face-to-face remedial classes [or] enrichment classes and inspect all school buildings to verify their safety before resuming school activities,” law president Vladimer Quetua said in a statement.

Quetua said schools now needed the rapid response of DepEd, the Department of Public Works and Highways and local government units for necessary repairs and alternative plans for school openings and in-person classes.

“We hope the Deped can act immediately before an accident occurs,” concluded Quetua.

In-person registration for the 2022-2023 school year began on July 25 and would end on August 22. Schools will resume full in-person classes by November.

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