Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Duterte-Carpio (standing, center) with education stakeholders on the island of Limasawa. FACEBOOK PHOTO/OVP MEDIA
Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio visited Leyte on August 10 for school supplies and relief distribution on Limasawa Island and to join the city’s 22nd anniversary from Maasin in southern Leyte.
With her pagbaBAGo initiative that she launched during her tenure as mayor of Davao City, approximately 500 schoolchildren each received a backpack with school supplies and dental kits.
In a message, Duterte-Carpio reminded them that determination and hard work will help change their lives and lift them out of conditions of poverty.
She encouraged them to undertake appropriate academic training or higher education to prepare for “much greater and more difficult challenges in life”.
The head of education stressed that success will be possible if the children have the right knowledge, have obtained a diploma, are engaged in business and do not marry young.
Parents and residents of the island also received 1,000 relief kits. She told parents to give importance to their children’s education and family planning.
On the anniversary of Maasin City’s birth, she recognized Leyteños’ resilience and courage in the face of challenges, including the wrath of Typhoon Odette last December which significantly devastated properties, infrastructure and agricultural assets.
“There is nothing you cannot endure. There is nothing you cannot overcome. There is nothing that can bring you to your knees. Maasin City and its people are the true definition of strength “Duterte-Carpio said.
With this, she reminded residents to always keep their faith and optimism in the face of future adversities.
The vice president also acknowledged her family’s roots in the city, with her father’s ancestry, as former president Rodrigo Duterte was born there.
“The deep and ancient energy of the city of Maasin and its people is deeply embedded in my blood, in my DNA,” she added.
The city’s anniversary program was led by Mayor Nacional Mercado, Governor Damian Mercado, Vice Governor Coco Yap and Representative Luz Mercado.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) reiterated its call for Covid-19 vaccinations and booster doses before school opens on August 22.
He ensured continued coordination of regional DepEd offices with their Department of Health (DoH) counterparts to conduct counseling sessions for unvaccinated families, including teachers and DepEd staff.
According to attorney for DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa, the department also hopes to launch mobile Covid-19 vaccination campaigns soon to increase vaccination coverage following targeted counseling sessions to be conducted by the DoH.
However, Poa stressed that vaccination against Covid-19 remains voluntary – not compulsory – allowing all DepEd teachers, staff and learners to enter school premises and attend classes. in person.
Unlike the previous pilot and the extensive implementation of face-to-face lessons in the 2021-2022 school year, DepEd will not discriminate against unvaccinated teachers and allow them to deliver physical lessons.
Amid observing the increase in Covid-19 cases and OCTA Research’s prediction that cases could rise as classes open, the Department of Education stressed that the implementation Strict minimum standards of public health and safety, including wearing masks, frequent hand washing and physical distancing as much as possible, could prevent the spread of the virus.
Funds for School Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) are also uploaded for schools to procure the resources they would need to keep safe inside campus premises.
Poa pointed out that schools have the flexibility to use their MOOE in any way they see fit, as the resources needed by each school are on a case-by-case basis.
He also asked for the support of parents not to send their children to school for in-person learning if they show symptoms of Covid-19, whether it is a confirmed case or not.
“We are also asking schools to have an infection control plan or infection containment strategy because it is possible for a student to test positive for Covid-19. Every school must have a plan and establish a protocol that “She will implement. Aside from that, we also implore parents to help us keep schools safe from Covid-19 transmission and not to send their children to school again if they show symptoms. of Covid-19 infection,” Poa said.
He added that while DepEd takes the OCTA Research projection seriously, other studies have shown that reopening schools does not have a direct correlation with rising Covid-19 cases.
Poa pointed out that neighboring countries have also opened schools earlier for in-person learning and that this initiative would address the learning losses suffered in the last two years of the mainly distance learning modality.