[From the web] Amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Teachers asked DEPED to retain their work from home status | TDC

Amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Teachers asked DEPED to retain their work from home status

Amid the rising cases of COVID-19 especially in Metro Manila, the Teachers ’Dignity Coalition (TDC) has asked the Department of Education (DepEd) leadership to publicly declare that the agency is compliant with its own policy on alternative work arrangements for public school teachers. In a series of Facebook posts this morning, TDC Chairperson called the attention of DepEd officials to reiterate the alternative work arrangement of public school teachers.

“Yung ilang schools/SDOs sa Reg 3 & Reg 4A na nagpapasok sa teachers physically, relax, ‘wag niyo na dagdagan ang exposure ng tao para hindi matulad dito sa NCR. Remote modalities ang teaching, remember?” Basas posted referring to some schools in Central Luzon and CALABARZON requiring the physical presence of their teachers despite the remote teaching modalities employed by DepEd.

Several teachers commented on the post sharing the information that the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal have also been placed under a stricter alert level 3 beginning January 5 up to January 15 in addition to the category of Metro Manila since January 3 that forced the DepEd to halt its pilot implementation of face to face classes.

In another FB post, Basas specifically addressed his comment to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones and tagged the official in the said FB post, “Calling the attention of DepEd Central Office, Madam Leonor Magtolis Briones, please make a public announcement that work from home (WFH) scheme is still the default set-up for classroom teachers performing online and modular distance learning modalities!”

Also tagged in the FB post are undersecretaries, Anne Sevilla, Tonisito Umali, Revsee Escobedo and Diosdado San Antonio.

The TDC said that the work-from-home scheme will still be the default set-up for teachers until the declaration of a national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted. The group has initiated a series of online forum-consultation with teachers from all over the country to determine the extent of violations in the field.

The group said that it has repeatedly raised the matter formally to the DepEd Central Office even before the resurgence of recorded higher COVID-19 cases recently.

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