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Deputy Speaker Aurelio Gonzales Filed House Resolution No. 876 to Postpone Classes Until Vaccine is Available

CLASSES RESCHEDULE– Lawmaker Deputy Speaker Aurelio Gonzales Jr. is calling the attention of our government to postpone the opening of classes this school year 2020-2021 until vaccine of the deadly coronavirus disease is become available.

The COVID-19 pandemic is beyond questioned brought discomfort the lives of people and even change our normal situation the way we work, play, shop and many more areas of our lives are affected. Health officials also recommended to avoid crowded places and take precautionary measure by implementing proper hygiene and social distancing and wearing of face mask while on public places.

The COVID-19 closes airports and terminals and suspended classes and government work as well.

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In the country, President Rodrigo Duterte strongly implemented quarantine protocols to ensure the safety of our people. As a result, public transportation was stop as well as work and classes are affected due to the pandemic crisis. Filipinos are now learning to adapt new normal as needed.

However, the Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that classes for the school year 2020-2021 will start on August 24, 2020, Monday. The department also gives alternative option for the private schools to start classes ahead of time earlier this month of June.

Most of the parents in the country expressed unwillingness to send their children to school to avoid the deadly coronavirus to their children only after the vaccine for the disease is available.

On Thursday, May 21, 2020 Deputy Speaker Aurelio Gonzales Jr. calls the attention of the government to suspend classes in public, private schools, including vocational education until the coronavirus vaccine is made available. He filed House Resolution No. 876 which urged the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and education agencies to “halt the physical opening of classes and prohibit face-to-face encounter of classes.”

The government agencies addressed by the lawmaker include the Commission on Higher Education, DepEd, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

In his statement, the lawmaker said the education agencies’ alternative learning delivery platforms “would not be possible in the provinces where telecommunications signals are weak.”

“With the growing COVID-19 threat… it is imperative that we take all precautions and preventive actions to protect our people from the disease,” Gonzales said.

Read here his full text:

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