Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Tuesday urged parents to have their children vaccinated against COVID-19 as face-to-face classes resume in the country.
“So iyong ating pag-asa ng bayan, siguro makausad na tayo by 2022, by end December, tatapusin na natin itong pilot and talagang i-implement na natin ang tunay na polisiya para sa edukasyon, blended learning, kombinasyon ng digital learning at saka face-to-face at bigyan natin ang mga bata ng pagkakataon na makakita din sila ng iba pang mga bata,” Briones said in a statement.
(The children are the hope of the country, maybe we can move forward by 2022 by the end of December, we will end this pilot, and we will really implement the real policy for education, blended learning, combination of digital learning, and then face-to-face and let us give the children a chance to see other kids too.)
Briones was optimistic that more schools would resume face-to-face classes as more Filipinos get inoculated during the second wave of National COVID-19 Vaccination Days.
“Kaya kami ay tuwang-tuwa and it’s a great honor for us to work with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. and testing czar Vivencio “Vince” Dizon sa kampanyang ito kasi ang success ng education is very dependent on the health of our children and we need to protect our children hindi lamang iyong 12-17 years old na mga bata, pero lahat including the parents themselves,” Briones said.
Briones urges parents to have their kids vaccinated
(We’re excited, and it’s a great honor for us to work with Duque, Galvez, and Dizon in this campaign because the success of education is very dependent on the health of our children, and we need to protect our children not only your 12-17 years old children but everyone including the parents themselves.)
“Malaki ang aming interest na mag-open ng face-to-face hindi lamang sa mga lugar na walang masyadong tao kundi sa mga urban areas. We’re thinking largely of NCR (National Capital Region), also of Region IV-A, and the large cities na napakaraming mga bata naka-concentrate doon,” she added.
(We have a great interest in opening face-to-face in less populated areas and urban areas. So we’re thinking mainly of NCR, Region IV-A, and large cities where many kids are concentrated there.)