DepEd Mandaue operations continue despite lockdown

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PREPARATIONS for the opening of the new school year in August 2020 have continued despite the temporary closure of the Department of Education (DepEd) division office in Mandaue City for disinfection.

Salustiano Jimenez, DepEd-7 director, said Wednesday, June 17, 2020, that most of the personnel are working from home and preparations are being done online.

“If there are concerns from the field (from the principals or supervisors), they are doing it online like virtual meetings. In our management committee (meeting) this morning, our superintendent gave a report. One of the earliest to submit reports is Mandaue City,” Jimenez told SunStar Cebu.

The DepEd office on Plaridel St. in Barangay Centro was locked down after six employees were reported Tuesday, June 16, to have tested positive for SarsCoV-2, which causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Among the six employees are a nurse, an accountant and a clerk. The rest are supervisors.

Citing a report that reached his office, Jimenez said only one manifested symptoms and was admitted in a hospital while the rest were either undergoing home quarantine or were in barangay isolation centers.

He said five of the six employees learned they had contracted the virus only after contact tracing was conducted.

Jimenez said Mandaue City, which has achieved 70 percent of its enrollment target, is among the top five school divisions in the region in terms of number of enrollees for school year 2020-2021.

“As of now, mura’g gamay nalang g’yod na ang apason, even with that crisis nga ilang giatubang karon,” he said.

Aside from constant monitoring and providing moral support, Jimenez said the DepEd regional office has provided a small amount of financial assistance to the six infected employees. / WBS