Sumary of UN, Unicef, other bodies welcome start of limited in-person schooling in PH:
- “We commend the Department of Education (DepEd)’s leadership that enabled the start of in-person classes and its coordination with relevant agencies, including the Department of Health (DOH).
- However, in the context of learning to live with endemic Covid-19, available evidence confirms that starting in-person classes as soon as possible brings greater benefits than risks,” they added.
- Without the safety net that school often provides, children are more vulnerable to abuse, gender-based violence including sexual exploitation and child marriage, and child labor that they may experience at home, especially in the stressful context of the pandemic.
- “We are committed to continue our support to DepEd and DoH in line with shared accountability for safe school reopening, contributing to our joint efforts to overcome the pandemic and achieve sustained recovery for the Philippines and its people,” the statement concluded.