Earlier this month, Senator Grace Poe presented her proposal to give students and pupils an earlier Christmas break as a solution to the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila during the yuletide season.
She also proposed to the Senate Committee on Public Services to grant the President Emergency Powers to resolve the traffic crisis.
“Can we study if it’s possible to make the classes only until December 12, or maybe until the first, or second week (of December) only, and not until December 18 like before? Maybe it’s possible to have no more classes in the first week of December.” – Senator Grace Poe said in her proposal to solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila.
Poe also explained that the missed classes might be caught up during the next month when people aren’t as busy. She also expressed that this measure could help alleviate the traffic problem, and at the same time, allow more quality time for families.
However, as a response to Senator Grace Poe’s suggestion, the Department of Education expressed its opposition to the proposal.
According to Dr. Leonor Briones, DepEd Secretary, giving students and pupils an earlier Christmas break is not the answer to alleviate the unbearable traffic situation during the Christmas season.
“We observed that even if the children have no more classes, the Christmas traffic situation still subsist.” – Secretary Leonor Briones.
She also added that if the Christmas break is scheduled earlier, then class days must run longer in order to make-up for missed time. The classes could very well be held until the Holy Week, if this is the case. Secondly, she also pointed out that the children will also have to endure the heat in class during summer days.
However, Secretary Briones gave her word that her department will study the proposal, and will give their decision to the proposed measure by the first week of October.