(Screenshot from the 4th special session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.)


The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has passed a resolution supporting the holding of face-to-face classes in areas of the province with no COVID-19 cases.

Approved during its 4th Special Session held June 24, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is asking the provincial and national Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to allow schools in areas in the province with no COVID-19 cases to proceed with their regular face-to-face classes.

Board member Cesareo Benedito Jr., author of Resolution 205-20, told Palawan News in an interview Friday that due to poor or no Internet connection in many areas of the province, many students will be unable to do the recommended online or distance learning methods that the Department of Education (DepEd) is proposing.

“Maraming areas sa Palawan ang may Internet, pero mabagal. May mga lugar naman na wala rin talaga,” Benedito said.

Benedito also said that modular learning will be difficult for those in the most remote areas.

“Mahirap ang modular learning, lalo na sa mga schools sa bundok, ‘yong mga hindi accessible,” he added.

The request is still under review by both the provincial and national IATF and is pending approval. However, considering the emerging positive cases in the city and the municipalities, Benedito said that this could affect their request.

“Maaapektuhan talaga, sana ay hindi pa madagdagan ng mga kaso. Magdasal lang talaga tayo,” he said.

Benedito also authored a resolution asking local government units (LGUs) to provide free laptops to indigent students in their municipalities. The resolution was also approved on the same day.