The observance of the minimum public health standards in schools amid the return of full face-to-face (F2F) classes has produced positive results so far, the Department of Health (DOH) said. 

DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are working closely with the Department of Education (DepEd) in monitoring the observance of health protocols in schools.

“So far so good. We are in constant coordination with the Department of Education at lahat naman po ng ating mga tagubilin na kasama sa mga protocols natin ay natutupad,” Vergeire said at a press briefing.

Vergeire shared they only observed crowding in schools at times. She added that they have already talked with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government units (LGUs) to address the issue.

DepEd spokesperson lawyer  Michael Poa said earlier that since the F2F classes resumed on August 22, there have been no reports of students and teachers contracting Covid-19. 

Vergeire, on the other hand, said a few students were reportedly sick. 

“In terms na mga bata na nagkakasakit, nakita natin na maayos ang pagpapatupad ng ating mga protocols. Very minimal lang po ‘yung reported cases na may sakit sa mga kabataan na pumapasok,” she said.

 — Ronald Espartinez