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‘No vaccine, no face-to-face classes’

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Sen. Go stresses that face-to-face classes are still unsafe.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has dismissed calls for the resumption of face-to-face learning reaffirming his support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand not to allow traditional classes until a safe vaccine for COVID-19 is ready for distribution.

“Hindi pa po panahon. Habang wala pang vaccine, ‘wag muna ang face-to-face classes,” Go stressed during an ambush interview in Cavite City on 30 November after personally leading the distribution of immediate assistance to flood-hit families. “Pag-ingatan natin ang mga bata. Malilikot rin ‘yung mga nasa murang edad pa kaya malaki ang risk kung papapasukin sila sa eskwelahan.”

Go added, “Protektahan rin natin ang kapakanan ng mga guro. Kapag mayroon nang vaccine laban sa COVID-19, nagsabi ang Pangulo na uunahin rin sila kasama ang mga frontliners, pati mga mahihirap at nasa vulnerable na sektor.”

The senator addressed criticisms that the national government is committing double standard by not allowing physical classes to resume while permitting cockpits and other recreational activities.

“’Wag n’yo pong ikumpara ang klase sa sabong. May necessary health protocols in place rin po doon… malaki pa po ang kinabukasan ng mga batang ito so unahin natin ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino, buhay ng bawat kabataan,” Go said.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography further said that schools provide multiple opportunities for the spread of COVID-19, and prematurely reopening them could potentially undermine the gains made in the implementation of nearly year-long community quarantine measures.

“What if nagkaroon ng isang kaso? Panibagong problema na naman. Sususpinde na naman ang klase … panibagong contact tracing. Back to zero na naman tayo,” Go warned.

“Aanhin po natin ang another year level, kung magkakasakit naman ang mga bata? Alam ninyo po, napakahirap po magkasakit ng COVID-19 sa panahong ito. Ni hindi ninyo po masasamahan o mabibisita ang pasyente sa ospital. Kaya huwag nating biglain. Unahin natin ang kalusugan ng bawat bata, kalusugan ng bawat Pilipino,” he previously said.

“Let me reiterate po: no vaccine, no face-to-face as much as possible. Importante makapag-aral ang mga bata sa paraan na hindi sila mapipilitang ma-expose sa sakit. Ayaw kong mapunta sa bata ang burden. Ayaw ko ma-pressure ang estudyante na pumasok sa eskuwela tapos may banta naman sa kanilang kalusugan,” added the senator.

p: wjg

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