[Press Release] Teachers laud DEPED Region 7 for ‘Academic Health Break’ | TDC

Teachers laud DEPED Region 7 for ‘Academic Health Break’

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition-Central Visayas (TDC-CV) lauded the DepEd Regional Office 7 for issuing Regional Memorandum No. 0052, s. 2022 this afternoon. Said memorandum signed by Dr. Salustiano Jimenez, DepEd Regional Director in Central Visayas declared a suspension of classes in areas under alert level 3 within the region from January 24 to 31, 2022.

“With the alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in Region VII and the wide extent of devastation left behind by Typhoon Odette last December, this is just a logical and necessary action,” said Cebu City teacher Raul Constantino, the president of the TDC’s regional chapter.

The TDC earlier called for an academic health break for the entire DepEd system and on January 12, DepEd Central Office released a memorandum allowing class suspensions according to the discretion of the DepEd field officials. After which, several regional and division offices as well as some LGUs ordered their own versions of the class suspension.

Constantino added that last week through the Regional Memorandum No. 037, the DepEd Regional Office 7 chose not to adopt a regional policy and left the decision whether or not to suspend classes to the division offices which resulted in varying guidelines within the region.

However, on January 15, Schools Division Superintendent of Cebu Province released a memorandum on alternative work arrangement (AWA) for the teachers and employees of DepEd Cebu Province requiring an onsite reporting of at least 60% of its workforce and no mention of class or work suspension.

For his part, Benjo Basas cited this as he explained that there should be uniform guidelines for the entire DepEd system.

“The whole of Cebu should be a priority for academic health break because the province is under Alert Level 3, teachers there are physically reporting and they have not yet recovered from the devastation of Typhoon Odette,” Basas said.

TDC Central Visayas lauded Director Jimenez for listening to the teachers, “We appreciate this gesture of Dr. Jimenez, and we thank him for listening to us. Though the memo is limited for it only covers the areas under alert level 3 status, the sudden shift from his previous stand only proves that this academic health break is both logical and necessary,” Constantino added.

Constantino also said that the leadership of the TDC initiated efforts to coordinate and convince the director and other officials in the Central Office in the past few days.

“Daghang salamat sa mga kaigsoonan natong magtutudlo sa Central Visayas sa paghatud sa mga mensahe, og sa atong mga TDC national leaders sa ilang tabang! (Thank you very much to the teachers of Central Visayas for the information and to our national leaders for their support!)” Constantino ended.

For details:
Raul Constantino

President, Teachers’ Dignity Coalition-Central Visayas
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson
0923-0819750/ 0927-3356375

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