THE League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu chapter has asked the Department of Education (DepEd) to allow local government units (LGUs) in Cebu Province to continue using public schools as quarantine facilities.
In her letter to the agency, Liloan Mayor Cristina Frasco, LMP Cebu president, pointed out the lack of facilities to isolate patients who test positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Frasco was hoping they could use the schools while there are no physical classes, which may increase the risk of transmission.
It was agreed that LGUs could only use the public schools as quarantine facilities until July 30, 2020, which is this Thursday.
“It’s a fact that there are positive cases in many of our towns. And there are some homes that are not viable for home quarantine and this is the reason why the schools are very important to be used as isolation facilities for purposes of containment,” Frasco said in a mix of Cebuano and English.
In her letter, the mayor did not specify how long the LGUs would be using the public schools.
“As long as there are cases, the schools will really be necessary as isolation facilities. Our request did not have a specific date but rather (we asked) to use the isolation facilities until President Duterte approves officially the date of the opening of face-to-face classes in schools,” she said.
Frasco clarified that they are not asking to use all public schools in the province as quarantine facilities.
She said that in her town of Liloan, there are 27 public schools. However, they’re only using 16 as isolation centers.
Frasco said she hopes the DepEd will grant their appeal while the government bans face-to-face classes to contain the spread of Covid-19. (ANV / PJB)