(Photo courtesy of Puerto Princesa City DepEd Facebook page)

The city schools division supports the online graduation rites being initiated by elementary and secondary schools in Puerto Princesa to honor the graduates and completers.

“Inaasam-asam rin ng mga parents na makitang mag graduate ang kanilang mga anak, lalo na kapag may mga awards. Supportive naman po ang City DepEd sa virtual graduation, although nagsabi na si secretary na canceled na muna ang face to face graduation dahil sa COVID-19,” Gina Francisco, information officer of the Schools Division Office in Puerto Princesa told Palawan News Wednesday.

Francisco added that while they support the online holding the graduation ceremonies, they are not requiring all schools to do the same. The decision is up to the school, and if there is a request, they will be allowed.

The virtual graduation is conducted via online streaming particularly on Facebook, where recorded speeches, photos, and videos of the graduates and completers are also shown, just like the normal graduation omitting face to face conduct.

So far, the schools that have conducted virtual graduations are Puerto Princesa City National Science High School (PPCNSHS), Palawan National School (PNS), Bahile National High School (BNHS) and Irawan National High School (INHS), Sicsican Elementary School (SES) while Puerto Princesa Pilot Elementary School (PPPES) and East Central school have already passed their request to conduct the activity.

Francisco also said that schools that want to run virtual graduation may write a letter asking permission from the Schools Division office.