The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday said reasonable adjustments would be made in the academic calendar to accommodate students and teachers who fell victim to the recent spate of typhoons that hit the country.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the DepEd was no stranger to addressing issues regarding disaster-compromised academic calendars.

“Every year [ay] mayroong disaster; every year, mayroong crisis, natural or otherwise. Kaya handa na ang departamento sa mga ganoong sitwasyon… Sanay na kami diyan,” Briones said in a Palace briefing.

“Anong usually ang ginagawa? Una, tinitingnan natin iyong calendar, iyong calendar of activities; ina-adjust iyon,” she continued.

Briones said the DepEd would engage in talks with parents and teachers to come up with measures, including the implementation of weekend, make-up and extension classes.

The education chief also vowed to make adjustments that would address students’ calls for an academic ease.

“Kami ay nakikipag-dialogue sa iba’t ibang grupo ng mga estudyante na humihingi… ng academic ease na magiging reasonable, pagbigyan iyong paghihirap ng mga estudyante at mga teachers. So adjustment will also be made along those lines,” Briones said.

The DepEd has allocated P1.2 billion for the production of new modules and learning materials to replace those damaged by the typhoons. John Ezekiel J. Hirro