Health and Wellness Break for Teachers and Students in the Philippines

All humans around the world must be aware of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes an infectious disease of Coronavirus or COVID-19. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has an unavoidable impact on almost all living fields. Here we would be focused on the education field. In the Philippines, amid the surge of infections nationwide, many of the teachers and students are affected by the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.

ACT Secretary General, Raymond Basilio in his statement on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, said that “Many of our teachers have been sick since the new year started, like the rest of the country, it seems,”.

Also reportedly, they continue to be denied appropriate benefits and welfare support. Basilio also said more clearly that teachers as well as students are either sick or taking care of family members who are ill.

Facing this problem, silence is not the answer, what we all need is to move. For that, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines has reiterated the call for the implementation of a two-week ‘health break’ in areas placed under Level 3 by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Basilio expects that 100 percent of the “health break” should be dedicated to getting better and should not be utilized for asynchronous classes, webinars, and other activities under the Department of Education (DepEd).

“It’s only humane to give all of us a break amid this outbreak if only to allow us to recover,” said Basilio.

The voice for this has just arrived in Twibbonize as a frame below.

Health Break for Students and Teachers – by Ian Artigosa

Link: https://twb.nz/healthbreak4studentsandteachers

There is more than 10 thousand support for the restoration of education in the Philippines through this Twibbonize frame to be shared on any social media platforms by Filipinos. ACT NCR Union seems to be at the forefront to help the school stakeholders to get out of this case.

Vladimir Quetua, ACT’s NCR National Capital Region (NCR) Union President through their official Facebook page of @actncrunion tells that what teachers and students need today is caring, not extra torture. Therefore, to allow everyone to relax and become more physically fit, the Department of Education (DepEd) is called to give consideration and concern by providing health and wellness breaks.

For ACT, the 14-day health break will be enough to recuperate from whatever symptoms that the teachers and students are experiencing at the moment.

However, Twibbonize hopes that any frames in Twibbonize which are part of efforts to deal with the Pandemic can make a real contribution to the progress of recovery. Twibbonize also hopes that conditions in the Philippines and other countries will get up and recover from this pandemic.