Twenty-seven public schools in Kidapawan will start the limited face-to-face classes following the decline in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the city.

Mayor Joseph Evangelista, who chairs the Inter-Agency Task Force for COVID-19, said in a meeting that the schools are 100 percent ready after passing the School Safety Assessment Tool and other requirements set by the Department of Education (DepEd).

“The increasing rate of pediatric vaccination is the road to recovery.”

“This is the time that in-person classes must be implemented for an effective instruction compared to modular and blended learning,” Evangelista said, citing the increasing rate of pediatric vaccination as the “road to recovery”.

The learning institutions included the following 18 primary schools: Upper Singao ES, Datu Saliman ES, RBA Sabulao, F. Suerte, Kidapawan City Pilot ES, Nuangan ES, Malinan ES, Amas CES, Gayola ES, Onica ES, Patadon ES, San Roques ES, Katipunan ES, Amazion ES, Mateo ES, Kalasuyan ES, Lanao CES and Singao Integrated School.

Also included are nine secondary schools comprising the Amas National High School (NHS), Juan L. Gantuangco NHS, Spottswood NHS, Kalaisan NHS, Saniel NHS, Manongol NHS, Ginatilan NHS, Mt. Apo NHS – Balabag Ext. and Mt. Apo NHS.

A “no collection policy” will be strictly imposed following the release of the P5.3-million fund subsidy of the city government from the Special Education Fund (SEF) for the schools’ acquisition of essential materials and equipment needed for the operation.

The city government will assign 10 individuals to each school to assist teachers and be paid under TUPAD of DOLE.

Also, the city government will assign 10 individuals to each school to assist teachers and be paid under the “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged at Displaced Workers” (TUPAD) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Before this, three public schools have been part of the first phase of limited F2F classes in the city – the Paco National High School, Kidapawan City National High School, and Northwest Hillside School – in the last four months.

“Hopefully in coordination with the DepEd, the other 40 schools will be opened before the end of the year,” the mayor concluded.


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