MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) said schools with ongoing infrastructure projects can decline requests for their establishments to be used as isolation facilities.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones has issued a memorandum providing guidelines on the use of schools as isolation areas.
The Department directed schools with ongoing infrastructure projects to politely decline requests for their schools to be used as isolation facilities.
“The pandemic did not hamper our mission to provide conducive and motivating facilities. Our infrastructure projects remain a priority to help our stakeholders, especially teachers, to have a comfortable place to work in,” she said.
However, if the school is currently being used as an isolation area and the infrastructure project is to take place, the school can still house the isolation facility. That is if the school is large enough to separate the isolation area from the construction site.
If the school has a limited area to cater to both the isolation facility and the construction of school buildings, it must coordinate with the Local Government Unit (LGU) and request for the immediate transfer of the isolation facility to a nearby school that is not a recipient of infrastructure projects.
DepEd is expecting infrastructure projects to start in the third quarter of 2021. The department said these projects need to be completed by the end of 2021 to avoid the lapsing of funds. -AAC