August 3, 2020 – As the Department of Education continues its various preparations for the opening of classes for School Year 2020-2021, local government units in Central Luzon have also pledged their support and commitment to ensure that education continues amidst the pandemic.

As of July 28, the total amount of resources generated to support the Learning Continuity Plans of the 20 Schools Division Offices in the region reached P731M and shall complement the funds allocated by the DepEd Central Office for the opening of classes on August 24.

“The Regional Office expresses its gratitude for all the support given in all Schools Division Offices by the stakeholders in education. Indeed, it takes a whole village to raise a child. Special mention is the big support extended by our congressmen/women, governors, mayors, and barangay captains who continuously support the public schools and the programs, projects, and activities of the DepEd RO3,” said Regional Director Nicolas Capulong.

While majority of the pledges will be utilized for the printing of the Self-Learning Modules or SLMs such as provision of risograph machines, printers, bond papers, and ink, a number of LGUs will also be providing financial assistance for other learning modalities such as online learning, TV and radio-based instruction. These will include the funds to cover airtime, internet connectivity, wifi transmitters, laptops, computers, flash drives, and television sets.

“To ensure the success of the School Year 2020-2021, various and different learning materials such as SLMs, self-learning kits, learning packets, videos, scripts for radio-based and TV-based instruction among others are being prepared by our supervisors, school heads, and teachers,” Capulong added.

Other LGUs will also be providing their respective schools with personal protective equipment (PPEs), masks and face shields, flu vaccines for the teachers, and disinfecting equipment for schools.

As of July 31, the enrollment in Central Luzon has reached 2,330,874 or 78.34% of last year’s total enrolment data. This number includes 2,106,783 enrollees in public schools, 17,522 enrollees in the Alternative Learning System, 4,267 enrollees in state or local universities and colleges, and 201,705 enrollees in private schools.