Senator Imee Marcos questioned why schools remain closed while cockpits have been allowed to operate again amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ilocano politiko made the call during a Senate hearing on various education issues on Friday, November 27, where Department of Education officials were in attendance.
Marcos questioned the “baffling priorities” of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, which recently issued a resolution allowing the opening of cockpits.
Schools, however, are still closed, and students are still required to take their classes via the distance learning scheme.
“Has gambling now become an essential activity to Filipinos and education a frivolous luxury? Let us open the schools wherever we can and keep them accessible for as long as possible,” Marcos said.
She said that communities where COVID-19 transmission has already stabilized, health protocols like wearing of face masks, handwashing, and proper ventilation can minimize the risk of infection.
“Educators can work safely in schools, and schools can be the safest place for children in a pandemic,” said Marcos.