Health Secretary Francisco Duque III recently expressed optimism that the Alert Level status in Western Visayas will be lowered soon. “In about a week or two, if our average daily attack will reduce, Region VI will be placed under Alert Level 2, but for now, its COVID cases are still high,” Duque said on February 3.
Western Visayas schools reopening
Division offices in Negros Occidental (16 schools), Silay City (16), Sagay City (10), and San Carlos City (8) have been recommended for F2F classes. Cadiz City (4), Escalante City (3), Himamaylan City (2), and Victorias City (1) were also included.
Recommended for limited F2F classes in the rest of Western Visayas were Antique (9 schools), Aklan (4), and Iloilo (3). Passi has two schools while Guimaras and Roxas City have one school each. Only vaccinated teachers will handle F2F classes.
Garma said private schools may also start F2F classes. Private schools just have to comply with DepEd guidelines and pass DepEd assessments. 90.81% or 76,755 of its 84,518 personnel in Western Visayas were vaccinated against COVID -19, according to DepEd data.