More than 97.5 percent of the country’s public schools have resumed full face-to-face (F2F) classes, the Department of Education said on Monday.

In a press conference, DepEd spokesman Michael Poa said 2.36 percent of public schools had been allowed to implement blended learning after the onslaught of severe tropical storm “Paeng.”

The DepEd had mandated schools to start having five days of in-person classes starting Nov. 2, 2022.

“97.5 percent po ng lahat ng public schools ay nag-implement na ng five-day in-person classes. Sa blended learning, around 2.36 percent, ito pong blended learning ay moving number, hindi po siya definite figure,” Poa said.

Following the recent typhoons, 435 schools are still being used as evacuation centers or being cleaned up, Poa said.

“Ito ‘yung mga schools that were affected by the recent typhoon, since itong mga ito ginagamit pa either as evacuation centers or dahil nags-state ng infrastructure damage or isinasagawa pa ‘yung clean up, hindi pa natin maibabalik ‘yung mga learners sa school,” he added.

Private schools are allowed to continue implementing blended learning. John Ezekiel J. Hirro