Senator Win Gatchalian on Wednesday urged the government to implement immediately the pilot testing of localized limited face-to-face classes to “hasten learning recovery.”
“Kahit tuluyan na nating masugpo ang Covid-19, patuloy pa rin tayo sa pagtugon sa mga pinsalang dinulot ng kawalan ng face-to-face classes,” the chair of the Senate basic education committee said.
“Bukod sa pag-urong ng kaalaman, kabilang din dito ang pag-akyat ng mga kaso ng karahasan, pang-aabuso, at ang pagdami ng mga batang ina,” Gatchalian said.
On Tuesday, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 663 recommending the resumption of physical learning through the immediate launch of the pilot testing of localized limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas identified by the Department of Education (DepEd).
The adopted resolution notes that the participation of learners will be voluntary and with express permission by their parents or guardians.
It will also help the DepEd, in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), in setting specific standards and health protocols.
These include the provision of safe learning facilities and public health supplies such as adequate supply of safe water, sanitation areas, hand washing stations, soap, alcohol, and other cleaning materials.