DepEd to roll out counseling program on vaccination

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 10) — The Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to roll out a counseling program alongside mobile vaccination centers this school year to encourage parents and students to receive their COVID-19 shots.

"We are coordinating with DOH to roll out the counseling session for the unvaccinated para naman mahikayat natin silang magpabakuna na," DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said at a briefing on Wednesday.

[Translation: We are coordinating with DOH to roll out the counseling session so that we can encourage them to be vaccinated.]

The DepEd previously said it was looking to launch a mobile vaccination service in schools so the shots would be brought closer to students who have yet to receive it.

While no date has been set for the counseling rollout, DepEd said it was eyeing a per region basis launch as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Poa said that as of Aug. 10, 18.6 million students have been enrolled. He reiterated his appeal to parents to enroll their children early and not wait for the last minute.

"Sana makapag-enroll na, sa lalong madaling panahon, para mahanda na rin ng Department of Education base doon sa actual expected number of learners ‘yung ating mga paaralan," he said.

[Translation: I hope they can be enrolled at the soonest possible time so that the Department of Education can prepare based on the actual expected number of learners in schools.]

School year 2022-2023 will start on Aug. 22, with the DepEd saying it would push through regardless of the alert level.

Regarding temporary learning spaces for students, Poa said the funds for the structures have already been downloaded and guidelines for them will be issued soon.

"The maximum amount to be spent for each TLS as per the guidelines would be ₱180,000. Sa labor, sa pagtatayo ng TLS ang direktiba ay makipagtulungan sa DSWD, sa LGU, sa AFP in those areas ay magtulungan para hindi na maglabas ng pera sa labor cost," he said,

[Translation: The maximum amount to be spent for each TLS as per the guidelines would be ₱180,000. As for building the TLS, the directive is for the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government units, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to work together so no additional funds will be released for labor cost.]