Mayor Treñas urges Briones to open Iloilo City classes in 2021
ILOILO CITY – The city government on Friday made its formal appeal to the Department of Education (DepEd) to reconsider its decision for the August 24 opening of classes here.
Mayor Jerry Treñas, in his letter dated May 22 to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, said opening the classes on the said date “may limit the effectiveness of the measures implemented by the Iloilo city government and the national government to contain Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).”
He asked to “postpone the opening of classes in the City of Iloilo until next year”.
“Considering the natural instinct to play and socialize, there might be difficulty in imposing stringent social distancing measures among these children during recess and immediately before and after classes,” the mayor said.
He said the lack of a vaccine against Covid-19 may “unduly expose children” to the disease.
Moreover, Treñas said the additional influx of students may “further burden the city’s transportation network”. Currently, public transportation is restricted to 50 percent of its existing passenger capacity.
In his regular press conference, the mayor said other options will be studied in order to continue the classes.
In a separate interview, DepEd regional information officer Dr. Lea Belleza said that they respect and understand the position of the mayor and even the governor of Iloilo.
She also assured parents that the learning continuity plan that they are working on will ensure the safety of learners once classes resume in August. (PNA)