Public schools that cannot comply with the Department of Education (DepEd)-mandated five-day face-to-face classes due to exceptional circumstances may submit a request to the agency for the “continuation or adoption of the blended learning modality”.

Vice President Sara Duterte

This was learned following the release of the guidelines for public elementary and secondary schools that seek exemption from the full implementation of in-person classes amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

These exceptional circumstances may include delays in the repair or construction of school facilities due to calamities and the immediate need for relocation of the school due to a determination and certification by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) or any other appropriate government agency that such school site is unsafe for occupancy and use by the learners.

Vice President Sara Duterte, the concurrent DepEd secretary, said the guidelines provide for the implementation of blended learning modality during the pendency of the school’s request.

DepED said that the approving authority for the implementation of blended learning modality in select public elementary and secondary schools beyond Nov. 2 is the schools division superintendent (SDS) “whose decision shall be subject” to the regional director (RD).

Meanwhile, over in the House of Representatives, economist-congressman Joey Salceda of Albay acknowledged the hardships being faced by Filipinos in the current economic situation where inflation had been racing to pre-pandemic highs.

“Inflation is a socioeconomic issue. The Filipino family can try to adapt, but fighting it is the responsibility of government. We policymakers have the primary responsibility to address it,” he said.

“Most Filipino workers are already trying as hard as they can. Life is hard these days. We in government have the duty to make life for working Filipinos easier,” noted Salceda.

With their hard-earned cash, Filipinos were advised by the Bicol lawmaker to buy “cheap, nutritious food such as eggs, backyard-grown vegetables, and other affordable options to get more value for money”.

“Other than that, I wouldn’t dare tell them anything else, or try to shrug off their hardships,” he said with much respect.

These are among the top stories this busy Friday morning, Nov. 4, 2022.

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6) Judiciary Corner

7) Lotto Update

8) Environment Corner

9) Lawmaker’s Corner

10) Religious Corner

11) World Roundup

12) Metro Roundup

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14) Provincial Roundup

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