DepEd-Leyte conducts school-hazard mapping in areas affected by storm surge

UNTV News   •   May 26, 2017   •   7572


LEYTE, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) Leyte Division intensifying disaster awareness and preparedness management in storm surge-affected areas.

This is the reason why the Department is continuously coordinating with NGO’s to conduct school-hazard mapping activities.

Learning from the lessons of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, DepEd-Leyte Division information officer Karen Barril said, they have been conducting preparedness measures for three years already.

DepEd says although an area is not in range of storm surge, the school campuses remain flood prone.

Even if an area is not within the range of storm surges as long as its school campuses remain flood prone, DepEd will still teach students disaster preparedness in accordance with the DepEd Order No. 23 issued in 2015 by the DepEd central office.

Meanwhile, DepEd Leyte said they are expecting 200 thousand enrollees from kindergarten to grade six this school year, 98 thousand in secondary while 20 thousand for senior high school. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

CHED rolls out vaccination of student-athletes in Metro Manila universities

Maris Federez   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government has started the rollout of vaccination among student-athletes in Metro Manila universities.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said this is part of their preparation in case face-to-face classes, physical training, and sports activities in universities will finally be allowed amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

CHED said around 300 student-athletes at the college level have received their first dose of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine.

University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) president Emmanuel Calanog said they will be pushing for the restaging of the basketball league this coming February 2022.

They plan to start training and other activities in November to prepare their athletes for the league.

“That’s November, December, January. We have about three and a half months for them to train to get back to competition to be able to start in February. Yung volleyball naman ang target namin doon is after holy week. So, there is more time. More or less, that’s the schedule. And, of course, what the government will allow at that time,” Calanog said.

He added that basketball and volleyball players in their member schools are already 100 percent vaccinated, and all they are waiting for is the approval of the government for them to resume sports activities.

Member schools, Calanog added, have also conducted retrofitting and adjustment of sports facilities.

Meanwhile, CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera III said they are now preparing the guidelines to be implemented in sports activities in colleges and universities.

“Ngayong marami na ang bakuna, mababa-vaccniate na yung mga estudyante, mga athletes. The only thing we have to do is to tweak the guidelines given these circumstances now,” De Vera said.

“Noong kinrop (crop) yung policy konti pa lang ang bakuna. Ngayong madami na, iba na yung context ng guidelines. So, the guidelines have to be rewritten,” he added.

NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said 100 percent of student-athletes must be fully vaccinated before the government gives its approval for the resumption of training activities.

“I suggest talagang kailangang ma-vaccinate na natin ng first dose yung lahat ng mga athletes before the end of October para yung second dosing natin we can finish by November. You can start already yung mga practices ninyo,” Galvez said.

“I-encourage na talagang ngayon month maximize na natin talagang bakunahan na natin lahat ng mga athletes so that we can start early the training,” he added.

The NTF and the Department of Education (DepEd), on the other hand, have agreed to intensify the vaccination rollout among teaching and non-teaching personnel at elementary and secondary levels.

DepEd has prepared the list of teachers and school personnel to be submitted to the IATF for the inoculation drive.

“Nakipagpulong ang kagawaran sa NTF, yung vaccination task force ng gobyerno, para ma-accelerate yung vaccination ng ating teachers at ibang school personnel,” said DepEd Director Roger Masapol. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Janice Ingente)

DepEd to begin pilot implementation of face-to-face classes on Nov. 15

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) will begin the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes on November 15.

During the Senate basic education committee hearing, DepEd Usec. Nepomuceno Malaluan said the pilot run of face-to-face classes will be from November 15, the start of the second academic quarter, until January 31 next year.

The DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) will work with local government units, school officials, community stakeholders, and participating teachers and learners in ensuring the safe operation of the pilot run.

“Our responsibility for DepEd is to secure areas, the local government units who have given their consent and are prepared to cooperate, the permission of parents, and also the readiness of our own facilities in DepEd for limited face-to-face learning. On the other hand, the Department of Health will assess the health side readiness of the school,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

Based on the agency’s framework, a maximum of 120 schools  composed of 95 elementary schools, 5 senior high schools, and 20 private schools, will be chosen for the pilot. These schools must be located in minimal risk areas and have passed the School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT).

Participating learners must submit signed consent from their parents, and preferably near the school and without existing comorbidities. Teachers and school staff who will directly interact with learners in the pilot run must be fully vaccinated, according to the DepEd. AAC


DepEd-DOH JMC highlights shared responsibility framework, key safety measures for pilot face-to-face implementation

Listahan ng 120 paaralan na kasama sa pilot face-to-face classes, ilalabas ngayong linggo – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Inaasahang ilalabas na ngayong linggo ng Department of Education (DepEd) ang listahan ng 120 paaralan na makakasama sa pilot test ng face-to-face classes.

Ayon kay DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, nakatakdang magpulong ngayong Lunes ang kanilang regional directors para sa pinal na listahan ng mga lalahok sa limitadong in-person learning program.

Layunin ng pagpupulong na matalakay ang iba pang mga katanungan o isyu sa pilot run ng physical classes. Pag-uusapan rin sa pulong ang isinagawang risk assessment bago ang pagsasapinal at pagsasapubliko ng listahan.

Giit rin na Malalan na limitado lamang ang mga mapipiling eskwelahan at bilang ng mga mag-aaral na sasabak sa physical learning program na target isagawa sa loob ng dalawang buwan.

“Gusto talaga natin na masiguro na maayos itong magiging pilot natin dahil nakasalalay dito yung expansion,” ani Malaluan.

“We really appeal to everyone, this is not a localized effort but a national effort… We hope that we will regard this as a national effort even if this are happening in certain select areas,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang sinabi ng DepEd na 100 pampublikong paaralan at 20 pribadong paaralan lamang sa mga lugar na mababa ang banta ng COVID-19 ang kasali sa pilot run.

Labindalawang estudyante sa Kindergarten, at 16 mag-aaral naman ang kasali sa Grades 1 hanggang 3. Nasa 20 learners naman ang kasali para sa Technical-vocation classes sa limang senior high schools.

Tatlong oras lamang ang ilalagi sa paaralan ng kindergarten hanggang Grade 3 students habang ang senior high school students naman ay hanggang apat na oras.

Pinagsamang face-to-face classes at distance learning din ang gagamiting programa na ang ibig sabihin ay may mga araw na naka-online classes pa rin ang mga mag-aaral.

Kailangan ding bakunado na kontra COVID-19 ang mga guro at school personnel na sasali sa pilot test. Dapat rin ay nasa 65-anyos pababa ang kanilang edad at walang co-morbidity.

Una nang tiniyak ng DepEd na naghanda na ito ng contingency plan para sa iba’t ibang senaryo sakaling magkaroon ng kaso ng hawaan ng COVID-19 habang isinasagawa ang pilot run.


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