February 6, 2023

Eleven schools in the Cordillera will continue to implement the blended learning mode even as full-blown in-person classes start on Nov. 2.
In Abra, the Abra National High School will pursue the blended learning mode, while three schools in Baguio will not implement full in-person classes – Kias Elementary School (ES), Rizal National High School (NHS), and Roxas NHS.
Seven schools in Benguet will also continue with the blended learning scheme, namely Tuding ES, Alejo Pacalso NHS, and Ampucao NHS, all in Itogon; Ambangeg NHS in Bokod; Benguet NHS in La Trinidad; and Loo NHS and Natubleng NHS in Buguias.
Department of Education-Cordillera Information Officer Cyrille Gaye Miranda said the schools will continue implementing the blended learning scheme due to lack of classrooms.
She said classrooms in some of the schools are being constructed while the others are being repaired. Some schools lack classrooms due to the increase in the number of their enrollees this year.
In Abra, the DepEd has not been using the schools that were damaged by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on July 27 and were further aggravated by the 6.4 magnitude quake that again hit the province on Oct. 19.
Vice President and DepEd Sec. Sara Duterte has ordered by Nov. 2, public elementary and secondary schools across the country should implement the mandatory five-day in-person classes, except in areas where the buildings were affected by a calamity.
The DepEd left to the discretion of private school administrators if they would opt to implement full in-person classes or continue the hybrid or blended learning mode. – Jane B. Cadalig