Some schools in Calabarzon hit by Taal eruption prepare for class resumption
Robie de Guzman • January 24, 2020 • 719
MANILA, Philippines – Several schools in Tagaytay City and in Calabarzon region have begun preparing for the possible resumption of classes next week amid the continuing activities of Taal Volcano.
Calabarzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) on Friday said some families temporarily staying in schools being used as evacuation centers have been transferred to other shelters.
Clean-up of classrooms which previously housed evacuees have also commenced in line with the directive of the Department of Education (DepEd).
“Kasi meron po tayong memorandum po from Department of Education na nagsasabing it should be 15 days after the disaster na dapat ay makabalik na sa mga regular schooling ang mga kabataan natin,” Calabarzon RDRRMC information officer Jovner Dupilas said.
From the previous 626 evacuation centers opened in the region, the number has gone down to 500 after they decongested some shelters to give way for the possible reopening of classes.
Dupilas added they are now identifying other facilities that may be used as temporary shelters for families who fled their homes amid the Taal Volcano unrest.
“Nag-iidentify tayo ng mga evacuation center na konti lang ‘yung bilang or ‘yung evacuation centers na hindi na ginagamit. For example, sa Sta. Rosa City, meron tayong regional evacuation center doon na ipinatayo at ngayon ay hindi pa ginagamit,” he said.
Some schools in Tagaytay that are blanketed by thick layers of ash spewed by Taal are also being cleaned.
Classes here were supposed to resume on January 23, Thursday but was postponed by local authorities.
“Isa sa dahilan po kaya hindi pa po kami nagpatuloy dahil hindi pa po lahat ng school ay ready. Tuloy-tuloy pa po yung paglilinis, kaya iyon po yung isa sa dahilan namin maliban po doon sa alert level,” Tagaytay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Jose Clyde Yayong said.
DepEd earlier said it would recommend the resumption of classes on February 3 in areas that were affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
“Because things are calming down in certain places [and] in the schools which we believe can already be reopened, classes can be resumed starting February 3,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said at a press briefing Friday.
“There are places na mas natatamaan sa Cavite. There are places na mas natatamaan sa Laguna,” she added.
Areas in Batangas that are not heavily affected by the volcanic activities could reopen classes to accommodate learners displaced by the disaster, Briones said.
Data from the department revealed that 1,054 schools in Calabarzon (Region 4A: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) were affected by the suspension of classes as of January 23. Classes in some schools in the region were suspended indefinitely since Taal Volcano started erupting on January 12.
Although DepEd has recommended a date for the school reopening in the region, Yayong said they would have to depend on the updates and advise from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
“Titingnan po namin kasi sabi nga naming, what if isang taon siyang maging alert level four? So, depende po sa obserbasyon ng Phivolcs na iyon po ang sinusunod namin,” he said.
Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4, which means a hazardous eruption is imminent.
As of January 24, Friday, Phivolcs reported that Taal emitted a tall column of thick steam anew, signifying that the heating up of volcanic materials underneath the crater has intensified. The number of recorded volcanic quakes also increased to 466 from Thursday’s 444. – RRD (with details from Correspondents Benedict Samson and Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa publiko na huwag basta maniniwala sa mga kumakalat na scam na nanghihikayat sa pagsali sa anumang contest upang mabigyan ng libreng laptop at smartphones.
Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng DepEd na hindi ito namimigay ng gadget o libring pocket wi-fi sa pamamagitan ng anumang raffle draw o contest para sa pag-aaral ng mga estudyante.
Ayon sa kagawaran, wala itong pinapayagang grupo o indibibidwal na manghingi ng donasyon kahit nangangailangan ito ng malaking pondo para sa pagpapatupad ng bagong educational program sa gitna ng pandemiya.
Dagdag pa nito, ang mga lokal na pamahalaan at mga kumpanyang katuwang ng DepEd ang namamahagi ng gadget para sa mga mag-aaral ngunit idinadaan ito sa regional at division offices ng ahensiya.
“Ang learning continuity packages na donasyon ng LGUs at lehitimong partners ay ipinamamahagi sa mga mag-aaral at mga guro sa pamamagitan ng DepEd regional and division offices at mga paaralan,” ang wika ng DepEd.
Hinimok ng DepEd ang publiko na agad i-report ang mga scam na may kinalaman sa darating na pasukan sa Public Assistance and Action Center sa pamamagitan ng pagtawag sa 0919-456-0027 at 0995-921-8461 o kaya ay mag-email sa email@example.com. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to do away with periodical exams to avoid cheating during the conduct of blended learning amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said that instead of holding periodical exams, they will focus on written outputs and performance tasks for students learning from their homes.
“While we are trying to also find ways making sure na yung distance cheating is avoided ang pinakauna yata ay talagang makaunawa ang lahat na hindi dapat mahalaga yung mataas na score mas mahalaga yung natutuhan ng bata,” he said.
DepEd earlier appealed to parents and guardians of students to help the department reinforce the value of honesty among students since teachers don’t see them in person.
“Kung sa bahay ay gusto mo maging honest yung anak eh katulong ka sa paggawa ng dishonest output that will be very detrimental into our effrots in shaping our good filipinos, paalala ito pagkakataon natin ang home base learning na ito para turuan ang mga bata ng tamang values,” San Antonio said.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Association of Private Schools Administrators (FAPSA) expressed support for DepEd’s move and assured that they will direct their members to follow the learning assessment scheme.
“Ang pagkukunan ng grade dyan pwede yung perfomance niya sa klase, it could be even oral pagka-grade 5 grade six up to high school lalo na sa senior high pwede na ang essay eh,” Eleazardo Kasilag, FAPSA’s president, said.
DepEd said the opening of classes for the upcoming school year will still push through as scheduled on October 5.
The department earlier reported that over 24 million students have so far enrolled and that around 800 schools have notified to halt operations this year due to the effects of the pandemic. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – Nilinaw ng Joint Task Force COVID (JTF CV) Shield ngayong Martes na kailangan pa ring kumuha ng travel pass ang mga bibiyahe mula Metro Manila papuntang Tagaytay.
“Ang guidelines pa rin ng National Task Force is that kung hindi ka APOR (Authorized Person Outside Residence) at ang lakad mo ay hindi related sa work mo hindi pa rin tayo pwedeng lumiban, lalabas tayo ng probinsya,” ang pahayag ni JTF CV Shield commander Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar.
“’Yung galing sa Manila kapag pupunta ng Cavite, dapat po may reason ka ng pagpunta doon at kung hindi, dapat kukuha ka pa rin ng travel authority,” dagdag pa niya.
Ginawa ni Eleazar ang paglilinaw matapos buksan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Cavite ang turismo sa Tagaytay.
Ang hakbang ay ipinatupad matapos ang ilang buwang pagsasara mula nang pumutok ang Bulkang Taal noong Enero ngayong taon na sinundan pa ng COVID-19 pandemic.
Iginiit rin ni Eleazar na binuksan lang ang turismo sa Tagaytay para sa mga residente sa Cavite at hindi nito saklaw ang Metro Manila.
Ang Metro Manila ay nasa ilalim ng general community quarantine (GCQ) habang ang Cavite naman ay naka-modified GCQ. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)
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