By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — While Senator Win Gatchalian welcomed the addition of more schools in the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes, he pressed the need for continued vigilance especially as the world monitors the threat of the Omicron variant.
Today, December 6, 177 more schools joined the pilot run of limited in-person learning. In the National Capital Region (NCR), 28 schools were selected to join the pilot program.
For Gatchalian, expanding the pilot run of in-person learning should go hand-in-hand with accelerated vaccination of teachers and eligible learners, sustained implementation of minimum public health standards, and regular COVID-19 testing for teachers.
“Magandang balita ang pagpapalawig ng dry run ng limited face-to-face classes ngunit dapat ipagpatuloy natin ang pag-iingat at pagpapabakuna, lalo na’t hinaharap natin ang banta ng Omicron variant. Gamitin natin ang pagkakataong meron tayo upang matuto kung paano natin matitiyak ang ligtas na pagbabalik ng mga kabataan sa mga paaralan” said Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture.
Gatchalian also thanked the teachers, personnel, and school officials who led school preparations for in-person classes. (ai/mtvn)
Sen. Win Gatchalian is in the background during a dry-run of a face-to-face classroom setting.