The Department of Education recently announced that they will be lifting the use of school uniforms in several areas in Metro Manila due to their problems on water shortage.
A “no uniform policy” will be given to public elementary and high schools in areas affected by water interruptions, as announced by DepEd Undersecretary Anne Sevilla. She said they understand the effects of water shortage in several areas in National Capital Region (NCR).
Sevilla said, “We are flexible so that classes will still continue and for humanitarian reasons. We understand that water supply should be maximized and utilized for more relevant uses such as for food, hygiene.”
The spokesperson also shared the initiative was first requested by Mandaluyong schools after they encountered problems with the maintenance of their comfort rooms due to water shortage.
DepEd Mandaluyong Schools Division Officer-in-Charge Nerissa Losaria said, “Our schools are the second home of our children. Iresolba n’yo ang isyu sa Manila Water para hindi naman maapektuhan ang aming operasyon.”
Sevilla added, “[We] allow or authorize non-wearing of uniform for students and teachers in public schools affected by the water supply shortage in NCR, particularly Mandaluyong which requested for such.”
DepEd reiterated that their main priority is to make sure students and teachers do not miss classes. Thus, they are practicing “flexibility”. Sevilla said, “We will be very flexible. Ang pinaka-priority natin ay ma-maintain natin na ang mga bata at guro ay papasok.”
The policy is said to be effective starting Thursday, March 14. While it may affect public schools, DepEd said that private schools are also encouraged to follow suit.
DepEd reiterated that they have no plans of cancelling or suspending classes in view of the water shortage problems. Sevilla said, “Hindi po kasi solusyon na ‘wag papasukin ang mga bata sa eskuwelahan dahil kailangan nilang habulin ‘yung kanilang minimum contact time at magke-create tayo ng another problem.”