With Alert level 2 status declared in the Bicol Region, not only were the business, tourism, and transport sectors were given opportunities to serve respective clients at least to the optimum; the education sector from the prekindergarten up to the college/ university are also given the opportunity to address and, in fact, improve pupils, students productivity and teachers/ faculty productivity as well.

The possibility of face-to-face classes in Catanduanes is high in view of the Alert level 1 being contemplated in the national capital region ( NCR). Alert level 1 status, the most lenient level or the so-called “new normal” Malacanang said.

The 90-96 percent readiness of schools in the elementary and secondary levels according to SDS Dr. Susan Collano is good news indeed. With their application for f2f classes submitted to higher authorities, they’re waiting for directives from DepEd Region 5. SDS Collano categorically stated that they would still be using blended system of instruction to avoid the possibility of exposure to infection, Supt. Collano stated.

The Catanduanes State University (CatSU) is contemplating to do the face-to-face classes per CHEd approval.

May our level 2 alert status be improved to the most lenient one to pave the way for optimum f2f classes in all levels in our province. Let’s hope and pray that the people will not be so complacent and careless to disregard minimum health protocols.

In his remaining few months in power, President Duterte keeps on reminding us that the unseen and vicious virus is still here. Acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles said the masks won’t be gone is still required under Alert Level 1 under their guideline.