Antique seeks to extend use of schools as quarantine facilities

first_imgThe Sibalom National High School in Sibalom, Antique is currently being used as a patient care center for Antiqueños who are required to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao requested to the Department of Education to allow local government units extend their use of schools as coronavirus disease 2019 isolation facilities. SIBALOM LGU VIA PNA League of Municipalities in the Philippines-Antique Chapter president and Libertad town mayor Mary Jean Te said the request has been officially made on May 19 through a letter sent by the office of Gov. Rhodora Cadiao to DepEd secretary Leonor Briones. “The request was made due to the fact that there are still Antiqueños who need to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine after coming home from other places, said Te. “Our school board this year 2020 has only about P500,000 as fund,” Said Te. Meanwhile, Te admitted she feels a bit scared with the proposal of DepEd to start the enrollment already on June 1. Teachers in this province already need to prepare their classrooms prior to the enrollment period. According to Te, there were 578 Antiqueño sugar migrants working in Negros Occidental who arrived in this province on May 19.“There are still more sugar migrants coming home aside from the other Antiqueños who are from Manila and other places,” she said. For her part, DepEd Antique Division superintendent Dr. Felisa Beriong said the initial request for the use of schools as quarantine facilities was from April 23 to May 31 only. “There are 44 DepEd schools right now in this province that were approved as isolation facilities but only until May 31,” said Beriong,The previous request was only approved by the regional director, she added.According to Beriong, Briones will be the one to approve the request made by the provincial government, considering there will already be a month-long enrollment on June 1 to 30. “Some barangays in Libertad already have internet connections, but not all have access yet,” she added. She said the enrollment and the eventual start of classes in August could expose the students to COVID-19.“It would be quite difficult for the pupils to observe safe social distancing, especially when they have classes already,” Te said. Libertad – fifth class municipality with 19 barangays – is the adjacent town of Pandan, which until now has confirmed cases of the virus. Te said DepEd Antique Division’s plan to provide modular session to students, however, would be a good alternative since their Libertad LGU could not afford to provide the students the needed computer sets. SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincial government has requested the Department of Education (DepEd) to allow local government units (LGUs) to continue using the public schools as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  isolation facilities for until June 30. Under modular learning, students would be required to go to school two or three times a week only. The rest of the days will be for them to work their activity sheets prepared by the teachers.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Tracy’s Karate holds 104th tournament

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Tracy’s Karate of Ellsworth recently held its 104th tournament at Bucksport High School.The event was a big draw with more than 200 competitors in attendance. Students from dojos in Ellsworth, on Mount Desert Island and in Deer Isle, Belfast, Bucksport, Bangor, Yarmouth, Houlton, Presque Isle and even parts of Canada came together to compete for trophies in both fighting and throwing.Immediately following the conclusion of the tournament, all black belts traveled to the main school in Ellsworth for testing. Twenty students were promoted to various degrees in the black belt ranks. Eight of those students were first-time black belts, and seven were classified as juniors (16 years old or younger).The 20 black belts promoted to higher ranks were (first degree) Natalie Jagels, Lillian Noyes, Erin Leonardi, Haley Leonardi, Carlina Leonardi, Camden Hatch, Robert Giles and Colton White; (second degree) Marleigh Richardson, Caroline Tracy, Andy Hartt, Charlotte Hartt, Sadie Hartt and Jonathan Robinson; (third degree) Chris Dyer, Nick Parlatore, Cameron Sarchi and Mitch Wheeler; (seventh degree) Dean Murphy; (eighth degree) Kristy Tracy-Dawes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTrophy winners were Owen DiDonato, Ryan Gross, Jordan Brouty, Ziva Marceill, Lillian Noyes, Lauryn Noyes, Elura Dorr, Bridget Kutny, Amy Santos, Dean Murphy, William Wilson, Shawn Murphy, John Baranowski, Tom Anderson, Colton White, Lance Kennedy, Piper Marceill, Natalie Jagels, Aiden Benner, Paige Trader and Steve Trader. Black belt grand champions were Kristy Tracy-Dawes, Eric Tracy, Linwood Bridges and Matthew Edgerly.Dennis and Karen Tracy oversaw the events with the help of Tracy-Dawes, their daughter. The family has owned Tracy’s Karate since opening it in 1971.Tracy’s Karate will be holding its next tournament at Bucksport High School on Oct. 27.last_img read more

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