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Sotto Pushes Bill Seeking To Grant President Power To Move School Calendar

SOTTO – Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he would still push for his bill that allows the president to move school calendar.

The first case of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Philippine was recorded in January 2020. The government and health officials immediately imposed measures to halt the spread of the deadly virus.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte suspend classes and banned air and sea travel amid “enhanced community quarantine.” He recently extended the ECQ in Metro Manila and other ‘high-risk’ areas until May 15.

Tito Sotto
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On Tuesday, May 5, the Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor “Liling” Mirasol Magtolis-Briones announced the class opening for this school year. She said classes will open on August 24 and they also have a new platform called ‘DepEd Commons.’

“They will undergo capacity building. May bago tayong platform, DepEd Commons, mga bagong programa sa mga bata,” said Briones.

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Despite DepEd’s announcement regarding the class opening, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he would still push for his bill seeking to grant the chief executive to move the school calendar. Based on a report, the politician said his Senate Bill No. 1438 will give the president the power to move the schedule of the opening of classes.

“My bill gives the President the power to adjust school calendar unlike the previous law,” Sotto said.

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According to the report, Toto Sotto said his bill would also “give the Department of Education (DepEd) more time and opportunity to prepare and adopt measures for the new normal of the education system.” He believes that it would really help amid the COVID-19 crisis in the country.

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