DepEd allows “no uniform policy” in areas affected by water shortage


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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) announced that they will be foregoing the wearing of school uniforms in areas affected by water shortage.

DepEd allows “no uniform policy” in areas affected by water shortage
Students and teachers may opt not to wear school uniforms | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN

In a statement released Wednesday, the DepEd said that they are allowing teachers and students in public elementary and high school from selected areas of Metro Manila to attend classes even if they aren't wearing their uniforms. In light with the water interruption problems being experienced in some areas, the education department said they will practice “flexibility” with their uniform policy.

DepEd spokesperson Undersecretary Analyn Sevilla said, “We will be very flexible. Ang pinaka-priority natin ay ma-maintain natin na ang mga bata at guro ay papasok.”

The order is effective Thursday, March 14.

Sevilla added, “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 DepEd spokesperson shared that it was Mandaluyong who first requested for consideration. Several Mandaluyong public schools were complaining about the maintenance of their comfort rooms due to the water shortage.

Sevilla explained, “[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.”

As many as 1.2 million homes are affected by the water interruptions across Metro Manila.

— The Summit Express


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