Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 26) — Pasig City is looking for funds to purchase personal learning gadgets for students as the reopening of classes remains in limbo due to the COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Vico Sotto said on Tuesday.
Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement opposing the opening of classes in August, Sotto said the local government of Pasig is continuously working with the Department of Education on how it can assist students.
He said whether face-to-face classes resume in August or virtual classes will be the new norm, “we are identifying funds for personal devices for students.”
The neophyte mayor added Pasig is also working to improve its internet connection at the barangay level to ensure virtual classes will go smoothly.
The Department of Education announced last April 30 that the next school year will officially open on August 24 and end on April 30, 2021. Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the resumption of classes does not require full physical attendance of students, stressing that online learning is still a viable option.
Duterte on Monday said he does not favor the reopening of schools until there is an available vaccine against the coronavirus disease.
Some lawmakers have also pushed for the postponement of class openings until and unless a vaccine against COVID-19 is developed.