- Vice President Leni Robredo backs President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for no physical classes until a vaccine has been developed
- Her office is hoping that despite this, steps will be taken to ensure that every Filipino student gets the education he or she is entitled to
- She believes that inclusive and effective systems for at home schooling should be put in place
Vice President Leni Robredo supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s “no vaccine, no physical classes” pronouncement.
“We appreciate the President’s concern for the health and safety of our children. We hope, however, that if the schools are remain closed, sufficient steps will be taken to ensure that every Filipino student will still get the education he or she is entitled to,” Robredo’s spokesperson Atty. Barry Gutierrez said.
He added that inclusive and effective systems for at home schooling should be put in place.
In an address, Duterte said he will not allow the opening of classes unless a vaccine has been developed.
“I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit-dikit ang mga bata. Bahala na hindi makatapos,” the president said. “Unless I am sure that they are really safe…It’s useless to be talking about opening of classes. Para sa akin bakuna muna. ‘Pag nandiyan ang bakuna, okay na.”
He added that he is hoping that a vaccine will be developed before the year ends. “I think by the grace of God we will have the vaccine before the end of the year. They are feverishly working on it,” he said.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the decision on opening schools will depend on the country’s infection rate.
“Flexible naman po tayo eh. Although we have said that August 24 is the date of school opening, that assumes na at least GCQ na po ang sitwasyon ‘no. Kung talagang come August 24 ay may mga lugar pa rin na under MECQ or bumalik sa ECQ, eh baka wala pa rin pong klase iyan,” Roque explained.