DepEd allows NCR public schools to hold F2F classes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 2) — A total of 28 public schools in Metro Manila will participate starting next week in the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.

In a list released Thursday, the DepEd said the following NCR schools can reopen limited face-to-face classes beginning Dec. 6:

- Andres Bonifacio Elementary School

- Bagumbong Elementary School

- Comembo Elementary School

- Santiago Syjuco Memorial Integrated Secondary School

- Amado T. Reyes Elementary School

- Renato R. Lopez Elementary School

- Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School

- Ramon Q. Avancena High School

- St. Mary Elementary School

- Tañong High School

- Putatan Elementary School

- Tunasan National High School

- Bangkulasi Senior High School

- Filemon T. Lizan Senior High School

- Don Galo Elementary School

- La Huerta Elementary School

- Padre Zamora Elementary School

- Ugong National High School

- Pasig Elementary School

- Bagong Silangan Elementary School

- Payatas B Elementary School

- Pedro Cruz Elementary School

- Ricardo P. Cruz, Sr. Elementary School

- Sen. Renato "Compañero" Cayetano Memorial Science & Technology High School

- Roberta De Jesus Elementary School Disiplina Village Bignay Extension- Tagalag Elementary School

- Las Piñas National High School

- Las Piñas City National Senior High School - Manuyo Campus

The government continues to expand the implementation of in-person classes across the Philippines, with 177 additional public schools announced Thursday.

For the first time in nearly two years, in-person classes were opened on Nov. 15 in areas of the country deemed at low-risk for COVID-19.

The first schools that took part in the pilot run of in-person classes are those in the Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, and Caraga.

Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Secretary General Raymond Basilio said they welcome the continued expansion of the limited face-to-face classes.

"Ang nakakapagod dito yung di namin alam kung… may learning ba talaga na nangyayari or baka nagsasayang tayo ng resources kaya talagang we support the limited conduct of classes at eventually sana magakapag-resume na tayo in full," he told CNN Philippines' The Final Word.

[Translation: What's frustrating here is we do not know if children learn or we are just wasting resources, that's why we really support the limited conduct of classes and we hope eventually we can fully resume.]

But along with the expansion, Basilio also called for measures to ensure the safety of teachers and students - including weekly antigen testing, special vaccination program, hiring of medical workers for schools, and allocation of funds in case of COVID-19 infections among teachers and students.