Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in a signed letter, appealed to Sec. Leonor M. Briones, Secretary of the Department of Education to delay the opening of classes set to start in August this year. The mayor expressed that, by far, there is still no vaccine against COVID, and resuming classes may expose students to the virus. It may be recalled that the majority of students are considered a vulnerable group and are advised to stay at home.
“The Iloilo City Government respectfully expresses its reservation that the opening of classes on the said date may limit the effectiveness of the measures implemented by the Iloilo City Government and the National Government to contain the COVID-19 pandemic,” excerpt from a letter signed by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas to Sec. Leonor M. Briones.
The mayor lobbied that the opening of classes in August may expose students to the virus, given that they belong to the vulnerable population. Treñas also added that public transportation may not be sufficient enough as PUVs are restricted to not more than 50% passenger capacity.