December 8, 2022

With the ongoing war in Ukraine caused by a Russian madman coupled with a still lurking deadly Covid-19 that started in another country also ruled by a madman and a plethora of other problems, this near-sighted Ibaloy writer thinks we all need some good news.
Here goes: Department of Education Baguio City Schools Division Superintendent Federico Martin said 98 percent of its personnel have already been jabbed with anti-Covid-19 vaccines as part of its ongoing Covid-19 mitigation program.
He said more than 95 percent of learners aged 12 to 17 years old have been vaccinated and vaccination for those in the five to 11 years old age range is still in full swing and will be enhanced through school-based vaccination scheme.
Martin added 40 out of the 45 elementary and 21 out of the 22 secondary schools in the Summer Capital have been awarded the Safety Seal including the City Schools Division Office showing they have been strictly adhering to minimum public health standards. In terms of curriculum management, Martin said 65 out of 67 schools have been nominated and approved to offer limited face-to-face classes since they passed the school safety assessment tool.
At present, Martin said 27 elementary and 11 secondary schools have commenced conducting limited face-to-face classes while other schools are having orientations with parents and simulation activities.
He said four schools are recipients of Project Hyteq or Hybrid Learning using Technology with Equity and Equality and 1,539 learning resources from various subject areas have been processed as division contextualized proposals and reports.
These are among the seven priority agenda of the DepEd Baguio Schools Division Office guided by the DepEd-Cordillera’s watchword, “weavers of hope and transformation,” Martin said.


FYI: The city government continues to have an abundant stock of anti-Covid vaccines totaling 110,555 as of March 28 despite the dramatic decrease in infections in the city, which is under Alert Level 1 until March 31.
City Health Officer Rowena Galpo said the supply includes 50,034 Pfizer vaccines for those aged 12 and older; and 23,150 for children five to 11 years old.
There are also 23,360 AstraZeneca vaccines; 6,940 Moderna; 5,313 Sinovac; and 1,758 Gamaleya vaccines that the city currently has in stock.


Here’s “Risk” by Anais Nin: “And then the day came,/ when the risk/ to remain tight/ in a bud/ was more painful/ than the risk/ it took/ to Blossom.”


Let’s end with a prayer: “Holy Lord, Thank You for grace. Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up and give me the strength and wisdom to look up and see the hope I run toward in Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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