Pres. Duterte signs law authorizing President to set class opening date beyond August during state of emergency

A bill allowing the president to set at any date the opening of classes in case of a state of calamity or emergency has signed into law.

Signed by Duterte on July 17, Republic Act 11480 permits the President, upon recommendation of the Secretary of Education, to set at any date the opening of classes in the entire Philippines or in selected affected areas in times of state of calamity or emergency.

RA 11480 amended Republic Act 7797, which set the opening of classes as early as the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.

The law covers all basic education schools, including foreign or international schools in the Philippines. 

Face-to-face classes will only be possible until a COVID-19 vaccine is available. As an alternative, the department opted for modular learning, online, and using televisions and radios.

The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier announced that the upcoming school year will start on August 24. 

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