THE distribution of free school uniforms and school supplies to public elementary students in Cebu City has been held in abeyance amid the restriction of face-to-face classes due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, in an interview on Oct. 2, 2020, said the Department of Education (DepEd) is implementing a distance learning scheme.
Labella said the distribution of uniforms will be postponed, considering the current setup which is online and provision of modules.
The free school uniform and school supplies program, as well as provision of food for breakfast for the 190,000 public elementary students were supposed to start this year.
The program was formed through an ordinance, earlier this year.
It has an allocation of P500 million.
The P350 million was supposedly for school supplies and uniforms, including shoes.
The remaining P150 million would be for the feeding program of at least 190,000 public elementary school students.
He said the budget which was allocated for the program might be realigned, depending on the recommendation of the Local Finance Committee.
Labella said with the current setup being implement by the education department, the DepEd and Local School Board (LSB) were directed to study the use of laptops and tablets for the pupils.
He said the project will be piloted in Brgy. Carreta for the North District and Brgy. Tisa for the South District.
Labella said DepEd has yet to ask for the total budget for the implementation of the program, but he assured the City will provide for and support the program.
“Of course, because that’s our moral and legal duty that education should be given priority,” said Labella.
“The future belongs to our children,” he said. (JJL)