Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc could not hide his dismay with President Duterte’s decision to defer the country’s resumption of face-to-face classes due to the pandemic.
In a Facebook post, Manotoc suggested the adoption of a “localized” approach in holding in-person classes especially in places with zero or minimal coronavirus cases.
The millennial governor is the son of Senator Imee Marcos, a known supporter of President Duterte.
“I don’t like to criticize but I’m very disappointed about the continued blanket ban on face to face classes. It doesn’t properly consider the provinces with little to no COVID-19 cases,” he said.
“We should adopt a localized and not nationwide approach,” he said.
Disappointed with the ban on in-person classes, Manotoc said Filipino children deserve better.
“Apparently, we are the last country in the region to resume face to face classes. I’m sorry but our kids deserve better than this,” he said.
President Duterte has rejected the proposed resumption of the trial run of face-to-face classes in areas with low coronavirus risk. Duterte did not want to put the lives of students and teachers in peril while vaccines have not been delivered, the Palace said.
The President however is hopeful that face-to-face classes in low-risk areas may resume by August.