Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones said that while graduation rites are being prohibited due to the country’s fight against the coronavirus disease, the celebration is just postponed and not cancelled.
“This is not the first time na pino-postpone [ang graduation rites]. Hindi naman kinakansela, pino-postpone lang (This is not the first time that graduation rites are postponed. It is not being cancelled, only postponed.),” Briones explained.
Students expressed their relief on Briones’ announcement. In fact, “Postponement” became a trending word, with 16.7k tweets, as of writing.
Briones herself confirmed earlier that she tested positive for Covid-19. She updated the public, however, on April 13 that her latter test result turned out to be negative.
SY2020-2021 Class Opening
In a previously released memo, DepEd prescribed June 1 to be the official start of school year 2020 to 2021 in all elementary and secondary public schools.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, however, the said agency is now deliberating for a possible postponement and contingency plans.
Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan shared with the Inquirer that DepEd and its partners are preparing a Learning Continuity Plan.
“We will make and announce our decision anytime after (enhanced community quarantin) extension,” he said.
Coronavirus fight in the Philippines
To curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country, the government formed an Inter Agency Task Force, composed of different government agencies.
One of the guidelines released by the IATF is to cancel all types of social gatherings. Big events are also prohibited.
In line also with the fight against Covid-19, enhanced community quarantine policies are in effect in Luzon (until April 30) and different parts of the Philippines.
Authorities have suspended mass transportation. The public can only go from one place to another to buy food and other necessities.
Other Manila citizens, meanwhile, opt to avail online grocery services to minimize risk of exposure.