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Baka sa eskwela mahawa: Jerry Treñas wants classes in Iloilo to start in 2021

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Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has asked the Department of Education (DepEd) to move the opening of classes next year due to the threat of COVID-19.

In a letter addressed to Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Treñas said pushing through with the start of classes on August 24 would be risky.

“As to this date, there was still no available vaccine against the COVID-19 virus. This lack of vaccine may unduly expose the children, who are among the vulnerable persons to the COVID-19 virus,” the mayor said.

Treñas said public transportation in Iloilo City is also an issue because the capacity of public utility vehicles have been reduced by half and traffic is expected to worsen when classes start.

“To date, the riding public in Iloilo City is currently experiencing shortage in public transportation services such that some of our constituents were enduring long waiting times and/or choosing to walk to/from work,” he said.

DepEd has yet to respond to Treñas’ suggestion. However, the agency said holding face-to-face classes is not required when classes start.