DILG urges LGUs to assist schools as face-to-face classes resume

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged local government units (LGUs) to provide all the appropriate assistance to both the private and public schools in preparation for the resumption of face-to-face classes start on Nov. 2.

DILG Secretary Benjamin ‘Benhur’ Abalos Jr. assured the parents, teachers and community members of the LGUs continued support in the conduct of the ‘Brigada Eskwela’ in-person classes.

With the virus remaining a health threat, Abalos noted the LGUs are expected to continue the strict enforcement of the minimum public health standards (MPHS) and the Covid-19 pediatric vaccination campaign “as we gear towards 100 percent conduct of face-to-face classes.’’

He also encouraged the LGUs to convene their respective local councils and conduct the necessary preparations including building inspections to certify the quality and structural integrity of school facilities.

“There is nothing more important than prevention as we expect the influx of millions of students going back to classes,’’ Abalos said.

“The Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and other law enforcement units of the LGUs down to the communities are likewise directed to participate and provide continuous support to Brigada Eskwela initiatives and ensure that the road networks leading to schools are secure, clean, and free from any obstructions and hindrances which may pose danger to and deter the mobility of students,’’ he added.

The DILG chief pointed out that “it is only through a united front that we can successfully bring back our students to their schools, hence, we must work and cooperate in synergy to make their back-to-school experience safe, peaceful, and orderly.’’ (Chito A. Chavez)