A total of 748 students and personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) were infected with COVID-19, said an official yesterday.
DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua, in an aide memoire dated August 19, reported that as of 6:00 pm of August 18, “a total of 748 DepEd personnel and learners (including in the Central Office) have been confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.”
Pascua said that 318 remain active cases, 408 have recovered, and 22 have died.
At least 15 confirmed cases with nine active, 5 recovered and one death are located in the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.
Pascua said that of the confirmed COVID-19 cases, 268 are learners (88 are active, 174 recovered and 6 deaths); 311 are teaching personnel (153 are active, 149 have recovered, and 9 deaths); and 169 are non-teaching personnel (77 are active, 85 recovered and 7 deaths).
Last week Education Secretary Leonor Briones, ordered the temporary closure of DepEd Central Office from August 19 to August 23 “to give way to a complex-wide disinfection and contact tracing activity” and “to ensure the health and safety of our skeleton workforce.
Meanwhile , the Alliance of Concerned Teachers ( ACT) assailed the claim of DepEd that there is no budget for the treatment of 748 infected students and DepEd personnel.
“That kind of answer is unacceptable. Where is DepEd’s institutional accountability, where is the national government’s taking on of its responsibilities to education front liners? Hindi pwedeng iaasa na lang lagi sa abuloy ng mga indibidwal na opisyal, “ ACT President Raymond Basilio said in a statement.