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29 schools withdraw from pilot run of limited face-to-face classes

Bonz Magsambol
29 schools withdraw from pilot run of limited face-to-face classes

EMPTY. File photo of a classroom in Rizal National High School in Pasig City


The Department of Education is eyeing to complete the list of 120 schools for the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes before it starts on November 15

The Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday, October 19, that 29 public schools have withdrawn from the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes in the country which is set to start on November 15.

They were part of the initial 59 schools in areas deemed low-risk for COVID-19 as identified by the DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) for the pilot run.

DepEd Assistant Secretary Malcolm Garma said that the main reason for backing out was that local government units, their communities, and parents were not in favor of holding face-to-face classes in their areas.

“Ang malaki pong dahilan nang hindi po pagkakasama ng paaralan bagama’t kasama sila sa listahan ng DOH ay ‘yung hindi pagpayag ng LGU, ng kanilang komunidad, at ng mga magulang. ‘Yung kanilang lugar ay biglang dumami ang mga kaso. Kaya ‘yung sa 59, naging 30 na lang,” Garma said.

(The major reason why the schools don’t want to join the pilot run despite their inclusion in the DOH list is that their LGUs, their communities, and the parents are not in favor of holding limited face-to-face classes. Their areas suddenly recorded a high number of cases. That’s why from the 59 schools, it became 30.)

The DOH is the agency assessing the risk classification of areas where schools will be chosen for the pilot run. LGUs and parents, however, may opt out if they think their communities are not ready.

Here’s the list of initial 30 schools that would push through with limited face-to-face classes:

  • Gutusan Elementary School – City of Masbate, Masbate
  • Mary B. Perpetua National High School – Milagros, Masbate
  • Sinalongan Elementary School – City of Masbate, Masbate
  • Mayabay Elementary School – Barbaza, Antique
  • Igsoro Elementary School – Bugasong, Antique
  • Laserna Integrated School – Nabas, Aklan
  • Basak Elementary School – Samboan, Cebu
  • Mahanlud Elementary School – Malabuyoc, Cebu
  • Cabagdalan Elementary School – Balamban, Cebu
  • Luyongbaybay Elementary School – Bantayan, Cebu
  • Cañang-Marcelo Luna National High School – Oslob, Cebu
  • Busay National High School – Moalboal, Cebu
  • Pilar National High School – Pilar, Cebu
  • Siocon Elementary School – City of Bogo, Cebu
  • Siloh Elementary School – Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay
  • San Vicente Elementary School – Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Manga National High School – Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
  • Manga Elementary School – Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
  • Lala Elementary School – Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
  • Sominot National High School – Sominot (Don Mariano Marcos), Zamboanga del Sur
  • Tabina, Elementary School – Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur
  • Guipos National High School – Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur
  • Dalama Central Elementary School – Baroy, Lanao del Norte
  • Babalaya Elementary School – Bacolod, Lanao del Norte
  • Napo Elementary School – Linamon, Lanao del Norte
  • Masibay Integrated School – Nunungan, Lanao del Norte
  • Tambacon Integrated School – Magsaysay, Lanao del Norte
  • Marcela T. Mabanta National High School – Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte
  • Paco National High School – City of Kidapawan, North Cotabato
  • Bato Elementary School – Makilala, North Cotabato

The DepEd had eyed to complete the 120 schools for the pilot run prior to the November 15 schedule.

Garma said that they already have identified 70 more public schools but they could not publicize these schools for now as DepEd would have to complete the validation first. Twenty private schools will also be part of the pilot run.

However, Garma said that whether or not they would complete the 120 schools before the first day of the pilot run, limited face-to-face classes in select schools will push through on November 15.

Until the pilot run starts on November 15, the Philippines would remain among the last two countries in the world that have yet to reopen schools since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in March 2020.

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Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.