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Duterte puts education first amid hampered economy

Philippine Information Agency
29 May 2020, 16:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is putting premium on education amid a hampered Philippine economy caused by the lockdowns and restricted commerce to curb COVID-19 transmission.

During his televised address on Thursday evening multicast by the Presidential Communications and state media, Duterte said his administration would fully support the Department of Education in fulfilling its mandate to provide students with alternative methods of learning in light of foregoing face-to-face classes until the safety of learners have been assured by the authorities.

"I believe you [DepEd] have a workable program and I support you," the President said following a report by Education Secretary Leonor Briones on their proposed implementation of distance learning methods to further studies.

"Kung wala na tayong pera, ilaan nalang natin sa edukasyon ng mga bata," Duterte stressed, as he assured that public education will be financed.

"We have to forego many things along the way because of what happened. But education, I think, if it is compromised, it should be negligible so that it should go on.

The DepEd has proposed for "blended distance learning scheme" in the upcoming school year, where, aside from using online and printed means to deliver learning modules to students, the Department would also utilize radio and television as methods to teach learners.

To recall, geographical and financial differences, and the availability of the internet among the regions have been some of the major challenges for teaching to completely go online.

The DepEd Commons, an online educational platform, currently has 7-million subscribers.

The President said the future of a country depends on how the state educates its citizens. (PIA NCR)

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