CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – A total of 109 public schools in the province of Bulacan are ready for the "progressive expansion" of physical classes on February 21, the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office III said on Tuesday.

This came after the four schools division offices (SDOs) in Bulacan are given the clearance to proceed with the in-person classes in basic education through Executive Order No. 5 s.2022 titled “An Order Adopting the Implementation of Alert Level 2 in the Province of Bulacan from 01 until 15 February 2022 and for other purposes.”

Of the participating schools, 26 of those are in the City of San Jose Del Monte, 13 in Malolos City, seven in Meycauayan City, and the rest in other areas of Bulacan.

“DepEd Schools Division of Bulacan is very thankful for the utmost support of the local executives through the municipal mayors and barangay captains including our partner agencies, and important key stakeholders to the mass implementation of the expanded limited face-to-face classes in the province most especially Governor Daniel R. Fernando,” Zenia Mostoles, Schools Division Superintendent of Bulacan, said in a statement.

Mostoles said the SDOs have continuously prepared for the face-to-face classes through the assessment, validation, inspection, and provision of technical assistance to the schools.

Norma Esteban, Schools Division Superintendent of Malolos City, meanwhile, said the SDO composite team has been preparing the schools for the safe return of their students to their classrooms.

Likewise, Merlina Cruz, Schools Division Superintendent of the City of San Jose del Monte, said they have validated all schools ready for the limited face-to-face classes.
Cruz said local officials and administrators of public and private schools, parents, and learners were given information and updates regarding preparations of the validated schools via coordination meetings and the “Interaksyon San Joseño series.”

She said the Interaksyon served as a platform for all stakeholders to clarify issues and concerns regarding the mass implementation of limited face-to-face classes in the city.

Carolina Violeta, Schools Division Superintendent of Meycauayan City, said the city government assured that it will support their initiatives and of the participating schools for the face-to-face learning modality.

The DepEd earlier issued interim guidelines on the expansion of limited face-to-face classes.

Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, in a statement last Feb. 2, has authorized all regional directors to start the progressive expansion phase of face-to-face classes for both public and private schools. (PNA)