The Department of Education said  97.5% of public schools across the country have already conducted the five-day face-to-face classes.

DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa shared that 2.36% of public schools have been allowed to implement blended learning. Some of the these schools were affected by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng. 

Private schools, on the other hand, are allowed to either hold five-day face-to-face classes, a blended learning modality, or full distance learning.

“Nakita naman po natin na naging maayos naman po ang pagre-resume natin ng classes. Wala naman tayong major incidents, although siyempre meron pa rin tayong affected schools dahil sa Typhoon Paeng,” Poa said via a press conference.

Paeng has destroyed at least 324 schools. 

Meanwhile, a total of 435 schools nationwide are still being used as evacuation centers. Poa said that DepEd is still working with the local government units to have these schools decamped.

“Nakapag-download naman tayo ng [we have downloaded] cleanup funds, as well as funds for the necessary TLS (temporary learning spaces) that we have to put up in these areas,” he said.

Ronald Espartinez