Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas encouraged students to enroll in school in the upcoming academic year 2020-2021 which will start this August.
In an official statement posted in Iloilo City Government’s Facebook page, Treñas said education of children should continue despite the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“We cannot let fear of the coronavirus kill the opportunity for people to acquire knowledge and skills. I firmly believe education is still the best legacy we can give to our children, for them to be able to live in the new normal,” Treñas said. “Despite these difficult times, I highly encourage students to enroll in school, and for parents to give the gift of education to the younger generation.”
Treñas assured parents that ‘systems and processes are being put in place’ for the health and safety of students even with the threat of COVID-19.
“I am confident the public and private educational institutions have initiatives that can give everyone access to education – whether online, modular or blended learning. We will give our support in whatever way we can.”
“We have to arm ourselves with knowledge so we can overcome life’s challenges, to help us become more understanding and compassionate of others, and to contribute to the development of our city and our nation,” Treñas concluded.
Department of Education said that the next school year will start on August 24, 2020 and enrollment is scheduled this whole month of June. As a directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Education department, there will be no face-to-face classes until COVID-19 vaccine is available.
On the mode of learning, parents and students may opt for online classes or use of printed modules. The government will also use television and radio stations to educate students especially those in far-flung areas.