Amid the Coronavirus code red by the Philippine Health Department last Saturday after confirming the local transmission of the virus. Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco requested the Department of Education to pass all Navotas students since it’s almost less than a month before the school year ends.

In a radio interview by DzBB he said:

“Ako ay nakiusap sa DepEd na kung puwede ipasa na lang lahat ng mga bata for this school year… para wala nang pasok for the rest of the year… Mas importante naman ho siguro ‘yung buhay ng mga bata kaysa ‘yung ituloy pa nila ‘yung two or three weeks ng pag-aaral,”

He also asked if they could just use the average grade from the previous gradings as the basis for the final grade.

As for the DepED, they are willing to do what is the necessary response from the latest updates regarding the outbreak, Sec. Briones said they are still waiting for the DOH advisory regarding the Coronavirus guidelines.

Coronavirus Update

As of March 8, Sunday Department of Health has probed 700 cases in which 48 is admitted to hospitals, 646 has been discharged, and 6 confirmed cases.

Code Red was announced by DOH they recommended to the office of the President to declare Public Health Emergency for faster mobilization of resources.

Department of Health is expecting the response from the President this coming Monday.