DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones
By Junex Doronio
APPARENTLY FEARING THE WRATH of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Department of Education (DepEd) headed by 80-year-old Secretary Leonor “Liling” Briones on Tuesday distanced from the Office of the Vice President’s (OVP) community learning hub project.
“Ang polisiya namin, dahil sinusunod namin ang utos ng Presidente, hindi natin ‘yan ina-allow. Kasi wala naman sa authority ng DepEd na mag-anunsyo ng ganung klase na i-re-reverse natin ang sinasabi ng Presidente,” Briones explained in an online Palace briefing.
She stressed that the policy of no face-to-face classes being favored by the President still remains.
In October, Vice President Leni Robredo led the launching of a community learning hub in Pasig City for students who may not have access to gadgets needed for learning.
The OVP had earlier assured the public that its learning hub project has been coordinated with the DepEd and that safety protocols in curbing the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) transmission are being implemented.
Robredo said her program is aimed at allowing students who lack the gadgets or the internet connections find a place for distance and blended learning to be able to continue studying while complying with health protocols.
But Briones said the OVP coordinated directly with the the local government units without approval from the DepEd division superintendent.
“Ang nangyari ay ang OVP, nagcoordinate directly with the LGUs [local government units]. So ang sitwasyon ngayon, Secretary, halimbawa sa Pasig, nag-coordinate sila directly with the LGU ng Pasig pero one-on-one dahil hindi naman inapprove ng ating division superintendent yun,” Briones claimed. (AI/MTVN)