Senator Imee Marcos insisted on Friday that schools should be opened, as she lamented why cockfighting activities were allowed to resume when education is more important.
“So I think it’s more important na bigyan naman natin ng kahalagahan ang ating edukasyon. Alam naman natin na hindi super-spreader ang mga eskwelahan,” she said.
“Talagang nadismaya ako na mas mahalaga pa pala ang sabong sa Pilipino kaysa sa edukasyon. Dalawang linggong nakalipas, binuksan na ang sabongan pero yung eskwelahan sarado pa rin, hindi naman yata tama,” Marcos said as the Senate basic education committee conducted a hearing on updates on the opening of classes
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allowed the resumption of cockfighting activities in areas under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
But, it would be the local government units that would have the final say if licensed cockpits can resume operations in their respective jurisdictions.
The IATF has yet to allow the conduct of face-to-face classes. As an alternative for the continuing education of students, the Department of Education (DepEd) has implemented blended learning for the current school year, which opened on October 5.