(Photo courtesy of DepEd Tayo Palawan)


The School Division Office (SDO) of Palawan has temporarily suspended the implementation of its “bridging program” for incoming high school and senior high students as a safety measure against the spread of COVID-19.

Board member Cherry Pie Acosta, who earlier moved for the program’s postponement, said she received confirmation from the DepEd about the postponement.

“I just received a call from the DepEd, Dra. Olavario that they have received my letter request and they also agreed with it,” Acosta said.

The program in intended to prepare learners moving to Grade 7 and senior high by making up for their lost days in schools because of the pandemic lockdowns.

Grace Estefano, spokesperson of DepEd Palawan, told Palawan News the suspension was prompted primarily by the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the province.

“Ang main reason ay dahil dumarami ‘yong COVID-19 cases ayaw nating ilagay sa balag ng alanganin ang sitwasyon ng atin pong mag-aaral, mga teachers at non-teaching personnel,” Estefano said.

She added however that the program will proceed with its scheduled virtual launching on July 3.

“I-lalaunch pa rin natin ang program ang implementation lang ang suspended,” she added.

Acosta said she urged for the postponement of the program also because of the risk for the teachers who would travel via sea to the island towns.

“Ni-request natin ito dahil alam naman natin ang kalagayan ng kaso ng COVID ngayon dito sa atin at risky rin sa mga bibyahe sa mga isla dahil Malaki ang alon,” Acosta told Palawan News in a phone interview.

The Schools Division Office (SDO) of Palawan had planned to roll out the program from July 1 to August 21.

The modules are learning materials that were prepared by the division in collaboration with the district supervisors, school heads, and teachers. The modules’ contents are based on the unmastered competencies from the previous year level and competencies required for the higher level.