Davao backs resumption of face-to-face classes

The Davao City National High School has been used as a vaccination center as face-to-face classes are yet to resume in the city. MindaNews file photo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 March) – The local government has voiced support to calls for the resumption of face-to-face classes to ensure “continuity of academic instruction” as the city transitions to the new normal after two years of remote learning.

In Executive Order 9 dated March 2 signed by Mayor Sara Duterte, the city expressed no objection to all applications for face-to-face classes in private and public schools from kindergarten to post-graduate studies.

It said schools must ensure strict compliance with the minimum public health standards such as the wearing of face masks and physical distancing, including those guidelines that will be issued by the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, and other relevant government agencies.

“Following the decrease in the number of cases in the city as well as its active vaccination rollout, there is a need to bolster the reopening of schools for face-to-face classes to ensure continuity of academic instruction as we transition to the new normal,” it said.

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson for Davao City COVID-19 Task Force, said in her program “COVID-19 Alert” on Wednesday that as of Feb. 24, over 1.3 million Dabawenyos were fully vaccinated, 1.4 million received the first dose, and 208,389 were given booster shots.

As of March 2, Department of Health-Davao reported 22 new infections, bringing total cases to 72,091 with 266 active, 69,881 recoveries, and 1,942 deaths. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)