Some 1,504 schools across the region offering 5-day in person classes

Department of Education,(DepEd)-Cordillera, Regional Director Estela Carino on Friday advised learners not to be complacent regarding health protocols against Covid-19 as face-to-face classes had resumed.
“We should not be complacent even as “covid is ending”, we should not compromised proper distance
and the use of face mask,” stressed Carino, echoing World Health Organization (WHO) health advice.

Carino led other DepEd regional officials as well as local government unit officials that include La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda in Friday’Kapihan, organized by Philippine Information Agency CAR held at Benguet National High School in Wangal (La Trinidad). In the press forum, DepEd reported that for the whole
region there are 430,237 total enrollees for SY 2022-23 for all sectors.

On the education department’s Learning Deliver Platforms- out of the total 2,088 schools (public and private) there are 1,504 schools offering a five-day in person class; 338 blended learning; one in full
distance. About the shifting strategy learning, some 1,750 schools across the region doing single shift class while 56 in double shift; and no triple shifting reported.

DepEd CAR authorities explained that double shifting class period starts at 6:30am and the other at 10:30 with similar 3:30 pm as their dismissal. Carino is hopeful that face-to-face in person class will go full blast on November 3, following earlier pronouncement of Vice President and DepEd Secretary Sarah Duterte.
In Benguet, out of the 487 public schools, 329 into a five-day in person class, 101 in blended learning while 26 private schools in a five-day class; and 30 in blended learning.

On the aftermath of the recent quake, DepEd-CAR disclosed that there were 29 school buildings –mostly
Bagong Lipunan and Marcos prefab that incurred major damages with 159 classrooms that need replacements; 55 schools and 237 which require minor repairs; while 55 buildings which need ground perimeter repairs and slope protection.

As a result, DepEd-CAR has proposed to central office some P692-Million funding for the replacement and repairs of school buildings and provision for classrooms. To date, the education regional office reported that they are awaiting the release of P89-Million from the department Quick Reaction Fund (QRF), which still needs the approval from the budget department.

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