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Gov, mayors to DepEd: Resume physical classes
By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Thursday, December 3, 2020
In a press conference, Gov. Gwen Garcia, together with LMP Cebu Chapter and Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco, reiterated their request to the Department of Education 7 to resume face-to-face classes in Cebu Province in limited capacity. (Junjie Mendoza)

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has urged the Department of Education to “act with more dispatch” the request of the League of Municipalities in the Philippines (LMP) Cebu to resume face-to-face classes in the Province.

She emphasized the need for human interaction especially among children.

“As much as possible let us go back, slowly go back to being normal. Let us not even call it new normal or a better normal because kun mao na abnormal gihapon,” the governor explained during a press conference Wednesday, December 2.

“Man is a societal being. You lock him up for too long you begin to have issues, mental health issues. Bisan kaning mga bata kung dili nimo ni i-face-to-face, we are robbing them of the opportunity to interact with their classmates,” Garcia said.

The governor supports the position of the LMP to resume face-to-face classes in the province in a limited manner. 

LMP Cebu President and Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco, who joined the governor in the media conference, said they are still waiting for DepEd’s feedback. 

“Hinaot pa unta mabati nila ang kalisod pud sa mga bata, kalisod sa mga ginikanan ug ang sitwasyon kun diin mugbo na kaayo ang cases, recovery rate is very high. Luoy kaayo gyud, both ang mga bata ug mga parents kun padayon pa tang ing-ani,” Frasco said. 

“Taud-taud naman ni.  We’re hoping that DepEd will listen to the pleas of the parents, children and the mayors as well as the Provincial Government,” she said. 

DepEd Central Visayas, in a news report, said they are still waiting for the response of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on their proposal. 

Meanwhile, the governor said the Capitol is willing to help DepEd in its investigation on alleged quarantine violations in a tourism event held in Madridejos, Bantayan Island over the weekend where children wearing school uniforms were seen. 

Garcia is expected to meet with DepEd officials to talk on how to go about with the limited face-to-face classes and the reported incident. (Vanessa L. Almeda)