BACOLOD CITY, May 29 (PIA6) -- Bacolod City mayor Evelio Leonardia expressed his opposition to the opening of classes on August 24 amidst coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) health crisis.
"Bottom line here is we have to make a choice. We believe that the most important is still the health of our children," he said in a video posted on the city's Public Information Office Facebook.
He hoped that the authorities will reconsider the matter very seriously
Leonardia believes that Bacolod City vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and the city council members are one with him on his stand.
As president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, he revealed that a survey among its members showed overwhelming opposition to the proposed opening of classes in August.
He said the opening of classes is something that should not be done in a hurry.
"How can you impose social distancing in school? How can you stop children from being children," he asked.
Leonardia reiterated his appeal to authorities to eventually reconsider the postponement of the opening of classes while the crisis is still raging.
"We have to ensure the health of our children which is the most important of all," he said.
Earlier, the chairperson of the Bacolod City Council Committee on Education Councilor lawyer Renecito Novero thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for nixing school opening by August and favors resumption of classes only if a vaccine is already available.
He authored a resolution urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to move the school opening to a later date than August fearing a face-to- face learning setting could be a factor in the spread of COVID-19.
In her recent report to President Rodrigo Duterte over a nationwide televised briefing, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones assured the president that there will be no face to face classes until the safety of the students and teachers is assured.
Instead, the department will resort to online platforms, blended modalities and TV and radio-based learning. (PIA6/JSC/Negros Occidental Infocen)