MANILA, Feb. 15 (PNA) — The Department of Education (DepEd) is now studying the four-day school week proposed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Malacanang said Saturday.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan in reaction to reports that the proposal has received negative response from the public.
“The DepEd is still studying it (the proposal),” Valte said in Filipino. “We’ll refer to the recommendation of DepEd for the alternative school week for students.”
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino proposed the four-day school week to the DepEd to prevent traffic volume from increasing as two major infrastructure projects are scheduled to begin construction on Monday.
Tolentino also made a similar proposal for a four-day work week to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The two infrastructure projects which will begin construction on Monday are the Skyway 3 project and the NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) Expressway Phase 2.
Traffic along the circumferential Epifanio Delos Santos Ave. (EDSA)
IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY 55 PERCENT, ACCORDING TO THE MMDA.
EDSA BEGINS AT THE BONIFACIO CIRCLE MONUMENT IN GRACE PARK, CALOOCAN CITY AND ENDS AT ROXAS BLVD., PASAY CITY AFTER PASSING THROUGH THE ADJACENT CITIES OF QUEZON, MANDALUYONG, AND MAKATI.