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Some NCR LGUs implement blended learning amid transport strike

Several local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) have announced that blended learning or online classes would be implemented in schools in their respective areas in light of the week-long transport holiday being organized by transportation groups.

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna earlier said asynchronous classes will be conducted in all public schools in all levels in the city from March 6 to March 11.

Private schools in Manila City, on the other hand, were encouraged to switch to online classes during the same period.

The Quezon City LGU directed activation of asynchronous classes in public elementary and high schools for the whole week of March 6 to March 11 due to the transport strike.

Private schools in the city were also given the discretion to either hold asynchronous or online classes.

The Caloocan City LGU also declared a week-long implementation of online classes in all levels in both public and private schools from March 6 to March 12.

Face-to-face classes were also suspended in Marikina City from March 6 to March 11, unless the strike ends earlier.

With this, all levels in public and private schools in Marikina were directed to implement alternative learning modalities like modular or online classes.

Malabon Mayor Jeannie Sandoval also tasked the activation of online and modular classes in all levels in both public and private schools from March 6 to March 11.

The Las Piñas City LGU also suspended face-to-face classes in public schools on March 6 and March 7, while private schools were given the discretion on what to follow.

According to Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar, the schools division office in the city is ready to implement online classes as an alternative learning modality.

The Mandaluyong City LGU, in coordination with the city’s schools division office, also directed all public schools to implement blended distance learning modalities from March 6 to March 10.

This is “to ensure unhampered delivery of education services amidst the scheduled transport strike, unless revoked,” according to Mandaluyong LGU.

Taguig City LGU also suspended in-person classes on March 6 and 7 in all levels of public schools to switch to online classes. Private schools in the city were encouraged to do the same.

The LGU said it will monitor the status of the transport strike and will release announcements for the remaining days of the week.

Face-to-face classes in all levels in both public and private schools in Pasig City are likewise suspended from March 6 and March 7 due to the transport strike.

Conduct of asynchronous or online classes were highly encouraged during this period in Pasig City.

Meanwhile, the San Juan City LGU issued an executive order, instructing all schools in the city to hold online classes throughout the strike.

Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte on Sunday said that both in-person and alternative delivery modes of learning will be implemented during the transport holiday.

This came after the Department of Education announced that there will be no suspension of classes when public transportation groups hold a strike.

The week-long transport holiday began on Monday, March 6, and was participated in by several groups protesting the government’s public utility vehicles (PUV) modernization program.

The said program seeks to replace traditional jeepneys with vehicles powered by more environment-friendly fuels.

Transport group PISTON on Monday called on President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to suspend the implementation of the guidelines for the PUV modernization program. —KG, GMA Integrated News