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Malacañang: President Duterte only against face-to-face classes

Malacañang on Tuesday clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte was only against the opening of face-to-face (F2F) classes until there is an available vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“Habang wala pang bakuna at habang wala pa tayo sa new normal, ‘yung wala na pong community quarantine, hindi pa rin po tayo magkakaroon ng face-to-face classroom na mga klase (While there is no vaccine and while we have not reached the new normal, which means no more community quarantine, we will not have face-to-face classes),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser.

Roque explained that Duterte would only allow F2F classes once all areas in the country are out of all levels of community quarantine and under a “new normal” by August 24.

However, if the Covid-19 infection rate continues to increase, he said schools would have to implement “blended” and “flexible” learning schemes.

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