Cebu mayors ask DepEd to allow continued use of classrooms as quarantine facilities

Published July 27, 2020, 1:54 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—Mayors in the province of Cebu have asked the Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd 7) to allow the continued use of school classrooms as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facilities.

Local government units (LGUs) in Cebu have been allowed to use classrooms as isolation centers, but only up to July 30.

Because of this, Liloan Mayor Cristina Frasco, president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu Chapter, wrote DepEd 7, asking that the use of schools as quarantine facilities in the province be extended for a third time.

The LMP-Cebu Chapter was hoping that the use of classrooms as isolation centers be allowed until face-to-face classes resume.

“It’s a fact that there are positive cases in many of our towns. There are homes that are not viable for home quarantine and this is the reason why the schools are very important to be used as isolation facilities for purposes of containment,” said Frasco in a report by the Capitol’s public information office.

“As long as there are cases, the schools will really be necessary as isolation facilities. Our request did not have a specific date but rather (we asked) to use the isolation facilities until President Duterte approves officially the date of the opening of the face-to-face classes in schools,” Frasco added.

Frasco said that in Liloan, 16 out of 27 schools were being utilized as isolation centers.

“I think with the prohibition of the face-to-face classes in schools, there should be no reason why the use of classroom as isolation facilities will not be extended,” said Frasco.

As of July 26, a total of 2,992 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the province. Of the total cases, 1,707 are active.

The province has also recorded 1,127 recoveries, and 15 deaths.