Iloilo not ready for face-to-face classes: mayor’s league

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San Enrique, Iloilo Mayor Trixie Fernandez thinks the province is not ready to conduct limited face-to-face classes just yet.

Fernandez, also League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Iloilo Chapter (LMP-Iloilo) President, said Covid-19 cases are still too high in Iloilo.

Cabatuan Mayor Ronilo Caspe and Alimodian Mayor Geefre Alonsabe have called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) for the pilot implementation. (

Tomas Confesor Memorial Elementary School in Cabatuan and Cabacanan Elementary School in Alimodian were recommended to the DepEd central office as pilot sites for limited in-person classes.

Granada National High School-Ballesteros Campus in Carles and Palanguia National High School in Pototan were also among the 100 public schools across the country where the classes will resume.

As of September 21, the Iloilo Provincial Health Office recorded 822 COVID cases in Alimodian, while Cabatuan has 717.

Fernandez said the DepEd-Division of Iloilo did not ask the LMP-Iloilo’s position on the pilot program.

All mayors share the same sentiment that schools in the province are not ready for a physical set-up, citing the fact that school-age children have remained unvaccinated against Covid-19, according to her.

The DepEd, she added, should consult local chief executives before making any moves on pilot implementation.

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