IATF adopts DepEd plan to conduct ‘face to face’ classes

Visitors of Supreme Court in Manila are required to wear face mask before entering the premises of the building as precautionary methods for COVID-19 on March 9, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to consider the Department of Education’s (DepEd) plan to conduct “face to face” classes.

“Lahat po ng face-to-face classes will start only on August 24. Bagama’t may ilang mga pribadong eskwelahan [na] mag sisimula po sila ng Hunyo, wala po face to face ‘yun,” said Roque.

Despite that, the spokesperson said the authorities plan to outline the schedule for areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the general community quarantine (GCQ).

He clarified that there will no longer be an overall decision since the IATF will check the COVID-19 cases of each area.

“Ang ina-assume natin talaga, mag GCQ na by August 24. Pero kung manatili ang ECQ ay siguro po may panibago ang DepEd diyan sa mga lugar na ‘yan,” Roque added.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public about the anticipated surge of cases due to mass testing.

The DOH has designated 23 new certified testing centers that can conduct 12,000 COVID-19 tests per day.

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