Palace invites Robredo to witness dry run of DepEd’s blended learning method

Published July 30, 2020, 5:53 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

Vice President Leni Robredo is invited to attend the government’s dry-run of the schools’ alternative learning method next week, Malacañang said Thursday.

Vice President Leni Robredo (Left) and Presidential spokesman Harry Roque

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque relayed the Department of Education’s invitation to Robredo while addressing her suggestions and concerns related to the government’s pandemic response. 

The coronavirus threat has prompted the education department to shift to blended learning methods from traditional in-person classes for the health of the students. Classes are set to resume next month.

“Madam Vice President, inaanyayahan po kayo ng DepEd na manood ng national dry-run ng iba’t-ibang learning delivery modes sa August 10 para makita ninyo po ang aktuwal na implementation ng learning continuity plan ng DepEd. (Madam Vice President, DepEd has invited you to witness the national dry-run of the different learning delivery modes on August 10 to see the actual implemention of the learning continuity plan of DepEd),” he said in a televised press conference.

After Robredo recommended the internet hubs in every barangay for students without gadgets, Roque informed the Vice President that the government’s alternative learning programs do not only include online education. 

He said most of the parents opted for offline modular system for their children while others preferred to homeschool their kids.

“Ang offline modular ay may remote supervision pa rin po ang mga guro supplemented by blended learning in radio and television (The offline modular system involves remote supervision by teachers supplements by blended learning in radio and television),” he said.

After President Duterte drew criticisms for allegedly failing to present clear and concrete pandemic response and economic recovery plans during his recent State of the Nation Address, Robredo presented her suggestions to enhance the government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.  Her proposals included passage of a stimulus package bill, equitable allocation of health resources, efficient COVID data gathering, and organized transportation program for stranded travelers.

Roque informed Robredo the government has already been implementing such efforts to curb the spread of disease and mitigate its impact on the people. But the Palace official said the government is ready to address any lapses particularly  in efforts to send home locally stranded individuals.

“Sabi naman po ng Pangulo, we are far from being perfect. Pero ang sinigurado po natin, makatulong po tayo sa ating mga kapwa, sa ating mga LSIs (The President already said we are far from being perfect but we assure you that we will continue to help our countrymen, our LSIs),” he said.