August 22 Opening is Final- DepEd Chief VP Duterte

Education Chief Sara Duterte upheld Department Order No. 34's decision to begin the 2022–23 school year on August 22 in public schools while arguing that the nation is now in a better position to make the switch to in-person instruction.

After the vice president was urged by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party list group to take the complaints of public school teachers—who are still overburdened with paperwork—into account, this occurred.

According to the department order, classes will start on July 25. This means that teachers won't have time to take advantage of their Proportional Vacation Pay (PVP), a two-month paid vacation period they get in place of leave benefits.

“Tuloy na po tayo, naprisinta na po ito dun sa unang Cabinet meeting natin. Ito po ‘yung pinakaunang tinanong ng ating Pangulo sa Department of Education (DepEd),” she said in an interview outside the San Beda University in Manila.

She stated that research papers were used to bolster their presentation to President Marcos regarding the switch to a five-day in-person program.

The calendar for the school year 2022–2023 was set down in DepEd Order No. 34 series of 2022.

The department directive states that enrollment will commence on July 25, Brigada Eskwela will run from August 1 to August 26, Oplan Balik Eskwela will start on August 15, lessons will start on August 22, and classes will terminate on July 7, 2023.

The Vice President and head of education mentioned the following three factors as to why parents should feel at ease allowing their children to attend in-person classes: the requirement for masks, the availability of vaccines, and the availability of Covid-19 medication.

The population, according to Duterte, has accepted the country's requirement that everyone wear a mask and adheres to fundamental health precautions.

“Memorize na po nating lahat dahil two years na,” she said, referring to the Covid-19 pandemic that started in March 2020. 

She also emphasized that the country has a sufficient supply of the Covid-19 vaccine and that the government continues to urge eligible vaccine recipients to be immunized.

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