THE Department of Education was urged to suspend classes in areas devastated by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.
According to Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo, students in the Bicol Region, Rizal province, as well as Cagayan and Isabela are greatly affected by no electricity, no water supply and poor internet connections caused by the two typhoons.
“Distance learning amid COVIV-19 is no longer a case of sufficient internet access. Students have no electricity, no access to water and other basic resources – all while having to deal with the threats of this pandemic,” Castelo said.
“The latest we can do to help those in typhoon-ravaged conmunities in these trying times is give students and teachers and their families a respire from academic work,” she said.
Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago agreed with Castelo adding that the students are
“Until such service is restored and there is strong, sustainable connectivity, distance learning is not possible,” CAstelo said.
Castelo suggested that the DepEd give its regional, provincial, city, and municipal officials the discretion to determine areas in Bicol, Cagayan Valley and Metro Manila where online learning could be postponed and for how long.
Rizal classes suspended
Classes in Rizal province were suspended in the aftermath of typhoon Ulysses.
DepEd Region 1 Director Malcolm Garma announced the suspendion of distance learning activities.
The suspension of distance learning activities, either modular or online, will only be in areas where Local Government Units (LGUs) will declare suspension of classes on Monday and thereafter, Garma clarified.
If classes are suspended by an LGU, private schools within its jurisdiction can exercise their discretion to also suspend their classes.
Moreover, School Division Superintendents can recommend to their LGUs localized suspension, if deemed necessary.
On November 12, Education Secretary Leonor Briones authorized all Regional Directors to suspend distance learning activities in areas severely affected by Typhoon Ulysses.
“In light of the severe damages and disruptions brought about by Typhoon Ulysses, as well as by the most recent typhoons such as Super Typhoon Rolly, Regional Directors are hereby authorized to suspend distance learning activities in identified severely affected Schools Divisions within their respective areas, for Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, to afford the households of our learners, teachers and personnel the time for their needed immediate recovery”.
This is without prejudice to suspension of distance learning activities as may be determined by local chief executives in their capacity as chairperson of their respective LDRRMCs. With Arlene Rivera