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DepEd told to strictly implement work-from-home policy during MECQ

A teachers’ group urged the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday to strictly implement the work-from-home policy for teachers while parts of the country were placed under modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ.

Metro Manila and neighboring provinces Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, and Cavite were reverted back to the stricter MECQ as confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 100,000 mark.

With the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) asked DepEd to strictly observe work from home set up in areas under MECQ.

“The scheduled reopening of classes (24 August) is less than a week from 18 August, the initial target date to end the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ),” Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairman, said in a statement.

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He explained that some teachers have also been infected with COVID-19 which can be related to their work in schools or offices.

“There are also confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in DepEd personnel which attributed to the performance of their tasks in schools or offices,” Basas said.

“The appeal from several groups of health professionals to revert to a stricter quarantine category and the response of the Malacañang to put Metro Manila and nearby provinces under MECQ attest to the fact that this COVID-19 pandemic is far from being controlled,” he added.

The group said DepEd should orient both parents and teachers on guidelines given that classes are set to start on Aug. 24.

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