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Makati starts face-to-face classes; distributes new uniforms, school gear

Makati City

Makati Mayor Abby Binay today said 12 public schools in the city have resumed face-to-face classes after a two-year ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After nearly two years, our students are excited to go back to school and use their new uniform, school bags, rubber shoes, and other school supplies. Providing new school apparel to students is one way to motivate them to do well in class,” Mayor Abby said.

The mayor last week launched the distribution of school gear and supplies to some 87,050 public school students from Kindergarten to Senior High School, including SPED students.

“I am delighted to see our students looking neat and smart in their new school uniform, especially our Kinder pupils,” Mayor Abby said.

She said the new design was inspired by uniforms worn by schoolchildren in Japan, known for its simple lines and comfort.

The mayor also said that the city has provided Japanese-style backpacks to some 13,100 students in Grades 1 and 4.

“We also invested in providing our Grades 1 and 4 with a Randoseru, a firm-sided backpack commonly used by elementary schoolchildren in Japan. The bags are designed to last for at least three school years,” Mayor Abby said.

She also said the city has installed temperature scanners, alcohol dispensers, foot baths, UV lights, and air purifiers in public schools as part of the public health and safety protocols.

Among public schools in Makati that have resumed face-to-face classes on Monday were Maximo Estrella Elementary School, Jose Magsaysay Elementary School, San Isidro National High School, Guadalupe Viejo Elementary School, West Rembo Elementary School, Makati High School, Gen. Pio Del Pilar National High School, F. Benitez Elementary School III, Fort Bonifacio High School, Hen. Pio del Pilar Elementary Main, Pitogo High School, and Comembo Elementary School.

Carleen Sedilla, DepEd-Makati schools division superintendent, said more schools are expected to begin in-person classes in the coming weeks.

She explained that Makati public schools implement a scheduling system in which half of the class will go to school for the first week, while the other half – who are doing virtual classes – will attend face-to-face classes for the second week.

Last week, Mayor Abby launched the latest edition of “AB 4.0” rubber shoes, which is being distributed with other school apparel and supplies to over 87,000 public school students as part of the city’s expanded Project FREE (Free Relevant and Excellent Education).

Under the project, 10,100 jackets have been allocated for Grades 11 and 12 students, while 30,800 three-way bags are being distributed to students from Grades 7 to 10.

In 2017, the first version of the sneakers, dubbed as “Air Binay” by netizens, was released to some 89,862 public students in Makati.

In 2019, around 90,000 students from kindergarten to senior high school received AB 2.0.

The release of AB 3.0 happened in 2020, which benefitted 93,110 public school students.

According to the mayor, the production of rubber shoes was stopped in 2021 due to the pandemic.

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