President Rodrigo Duterte expects that researchers and health experts will develop a vaccine against the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) before the year 2020 comes to an end.
The Chief Executive said that he will not allow classes to resume if a vaccine against COVID-19 has not yet been developed.
“I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit-dikit iyang mga bata na ‘yan. Bahala na hindi na makatapos. For this generation, wala na matapos na doktor pati engineer,” President Duterte said during a public address.
“Unless I am sure that they are really safe. It’s useless to be talking about opening of classes,” he added.
The President warned people that the danger posed by COVID-19 remains even if the government eased the community quarantine measures and allowed some industries to resume operations.
The Chief Executive advised the public to avoid being reckless, and practice health precautionary measures, including the wearing of face masks and the regular washing of hands, when leaving the safety of their home
“So kung gusto mong lumabas ngayon, sa ngayon wala pang medisina, walang vaccine, at your own risk ‘yan,” President Duterte said.
“Pag nandiyan na iyan, ako na ang magsabi labas na. ‘Pag hindi ka lumabas, hilain kita sa labas, dito ka. Sige pasyal na kayo kay may bakuna na. Bakuna muna tayo tapos bahala na,” the Chief Executive said.
The Department of Education (DepEd) previously announced that school year 2020-2021 will open on August 24, but private schools and state or local universities and colleges can resume earlier as long as they avoid ‘face-to-face’ interaction with students.
DepEd set the opening date of classes in compliance with Republic Act 7797, which states that ‘school year shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August’.