‘Pag may bakuna na! Janette Garin backs resumption of face-to-face classes


Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin (1st district) supports the implementation of in-person schooling amid the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

But, Garin, herself a former health secretary, said it would only be advisable if a good number of senior citizens and health workers were already vaccinated against Covid-19.

“The children couldn’t easily grasp knowledge through hybrid or remote learning,” Garin explained during the “Doc Nanay Vaccine Literacy Program” of the Southern Iloilo Health Zone held at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center in Tigbauan town. (

She also cited the mental effect of online learning on children given their limited social life.

“Their interest in going to school has declined. Their span is very limited. If a child goes to school, it’s not just about learning. If a child goes to school, we teach them about social interaction,” according to her.

If vaccine would be available now, Garin suggested re-opening of face-to-face classes by early next year since confidence would be high already by end of 2021.