March 31, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The local government unit is requesting the Department of Education to include all the schools in the capital town in its face-to-face pilot program.

Recognizing the growing needs of students for face-to-face lessons, the sangguniang bayan passed a resolution requesting the inclusion of all the schools in Bontoc in the face-to-face pilot program and further allowing all forms of face-to-face educational arrangements subject to certain limitations.

Based on DepEd Memo 71, s. 2021, a total of 120 schools were given the green light to conduct pilot face-to-face classes nationwide. However, no school in the Cordillera was included.

Mayor Franklin Odsey, members of the sangguniang bayan, and heads of different schools had a consultation and were convinced that schools in the capital town are prepared for the conduct of face-to-face classes while strictly adhering to health protocols and exerting effort for the protection of the students against Covid-19.

Odsey, a teacher himself for years, recognized the much-needed face-to-face classes to develop and enhance students’ abilities not only in academics but also in their social lives.

“Modular and online learning has inarguably been useful during this time of pandemic, however, as we transition to the new normal in education, we must try to go back to the traditional teaching-learning method in order to maintain and develop student competence,” he added. 

Resolution 381, s. 2021 requests DepEd-Cordillera Director Estela Cariño through Mountain Province Schools Division Superintendent Sally Ullalim for the inclusion of all the schools in the municipality in the face-to-face pilot program which will be subject to all conditions as may be imposed by the national government through the DepEd and the Department of Health and the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force. – Christy Mae Che-es