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MAYORS SEEK EXTENSION FOR USE OF SCHOOLS AS ISOLATION CENTERS 
By: Mylen Manto | Published Saturday, July 25, 2020
Liloan Mayor and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu Chapter President Christina Frasco requested DepEd 7 to allow local government units to use schools as isolation centers until physical classes resume. (Lito Tecson)

Since physical classes in schools are not allowed yet due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu Chapter requested the Department of Education (DepEd) 7 to extend for the third time the use of schools across the Province of Cebu as isolation centers. 

Currently, local government units (LGUs) have until July 30 to use the schools.

In the request letter sent to DepEd 7, Liloan Mayor and LMP Cebu Chapter President Christina Frasco asked that LGUs be allowed to use the schools as quarantine facilities until physical classes resume.

She said schools as additional isolation centers are necessary to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“It’s a fact that there are positive cases in many of our towns. And naa sad gyuy mga panimalay nga dili viable for home quarantine and this is the reason why the schools are very important to be used as isolation facilities for purposes of containment pud ni siya,” she said on Friday, July 24 during the Provincial School Board meeting.

“As long as there are cases, the schools will really be necessary as isolation facilities. Our request did not have a specific date but rather (we asked) to use the isolation facilities until President Duterte approves officially the date of the opening of the face-to-face classes in schools,” Frasco added.

She said schools not used as isolation centers can be used by teachers.

“What we can do is naa tay gamiton exclusively as isolation centers, nya ang kadtong schools wala gigamit as isolation centers pwede didto makawork ang teachers. Pwede sad ta mag-clustering,” she said.

Sixteen out of 27 schools in Liloan town are now being used as isolation centers, along with covered courts, and chapels or community centers.

“I think with the prohibition of the face-to-face classes in schools, there should be no reason why dili mahimo nga ma-extend ang paggamit as isolation facilities especially karon nga gikinahanglan gyud kaayo sa atong mga towns,” she said. (Mylen Manto)