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Bacolod LGU appeals to DepEd: Extend use of schools for quarantine

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The Department of Education (DepEd) has been asked to extend the use of public schools as coronavirus disease (Covid-19) quarantine facilities in Bacolod City. Local government units were allowed to use classrooms as isolation centers only until the end of July.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Councilor Renecito Novero recently wrote a joint letter to Secretary Carlito Galvez, the government’s Covid-19 response chief implementer.

They requested Galvez to intercede with the DepEd to allow the extended use of schools as quarantine facilities, while physical classes are still not allowed. (https://bit.ly/2PCE26o)

“We strictly observe the 14-day quarantine regimen and we utilized already the 11 out of 68 public schools under a memorandum of agreement with the DepEd,” a portion of their letter read.

To date, 263 classrooms in various public schools in the city serve as quarantine facilities for returning locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers.

As long as the city has positive cases of Covid-19, schools play an important role in the effort to contain the virus, Leonardia and Novero said.

They added that the city government already spent around P12.325 million for the repair and improvement of these classrooms and installed wall fans, which costs around P1.09 million.

Both officials also assured Galvez that the continued use of the schools as quarantine centers will not hamper the education of the children or the professional development of teachers.

They, however, did not specify the date as to when the local government will be using the schools. For as long as the President has not approved the date of the face-to-face classes, they asked for the temporary use of the classrooms.