|Face-to-face classes at St. Mary Elementary School in Marikina City on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022 have been suspended after authorities raised the pandemic warning to Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila due to rising COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Walter Bollozos/ The Star)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA: The Manila City local government unit has declared a week-long health break for all students and faculty in all public and private academic institutions and in all levels in the City of Manila, it said Thursday, PhilStar reported. In a statement issued through the city's public information office, Manila City Mayor Francisco 'Isko Moreno' Domagoso, who is running for president under Aksyon Demokratiko, disclosed he signed Executive Order No. 07 declaring the health break from Friday, January 14 until Friday, January 21, for both online and physical classes.
"Parents have a high anxiety level for their children, and the anxiety level of teachers [is the same way]," Domagoso said. "So you have one week to rest and hopefully our infected students and the student's family and their parents who are also infected; the infected teacher, and the teacher's family [can recover]," he added. According to Domagoso, this is to give both the students and teachers a breathing space amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Domagoso in his statement highlighted what he said was the importance of addressing the increasing anxiety of the public while also attending to the general health of its students and teachers.