January 28, 2022 – The Department of Education (DepEd)-Region II on Friday credited their partners, including local government officials and parents, for the success of their pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes.

“We wish to express our gratitude to our Local Government Units, the various sectors, the community, and every single individual and organization who put their best foot forward in the name of every Filipino learner in the region,” Regional Director Benjamin Paragas said during the EduAksyon Aksyon Solusyon press conference hosted by DepEd Region II.

In support of the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes in the region, RD Paragas shared that DepEd Region II introduced Project NEB or eNriching Education through #BayanihanHealAsOne, an operational plan of DepEd Region II to strengthen linkages between school heads, LGUs, Barangays, PTAs, government organizations, and non-government organizations

Before the start of the implementation of the pilot face-to-face, the Regional Office established partnerships with barangay officials and other stakeholders to ensure the safety of participating learners and teachers by strictly following health protocols.

During the implementation stage, barangay health workers reported at triage to monitor the proper execution of health protocols in schools. Barangay officials and volunteer parents also conducted disinfection and sanitation activities inside the classrooms.

Meanwhile, some participating schools in Cagayan Valley gave rewards such as school supplies, snacks, and simple tokens as motivation to learners. Other schools also provided complete school supplies, snacks, and vitamins to learners.

In addition, parents volunteered to cook, prepare snacks for teachers, parents, and barangay officials on duty.

“Education is truly a shared responsibility. It takes a village to educate a child and this collaboration among parents, the teachers, and the society is important especially during this time of the pandemic,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

Furthermore, feedback mechanisms were also established between teachers and school heads on what transpired during the day to help improve school operations and learning delivery throughout the region.

“As we continue education during these challenging times, we re-affirm our commitment in pushing forward the agenda of an accessible, quality and relevant, and truly liberating basic education for all,” Paragas ended.

A total of ten public schools participated in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in the region.