Written by: Jennifer R. Talaugon, Teacher II – City of Balanga National High School-SHS
It was on the conclusion of 2019 when the Corona Virus stealthily made its way to drastically change the life of everyone around the globe. On January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and issued a set of temporary recommendations. The first case of novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, in the Philippines was confirmed on January 30, 2020, then, the rest was history.
It has been a year since then, but many still have nothing but ambiguity as to how this dreadful situation will end. There have been speculations that all of it was just deceptive tactics of people in power. Nevertheless, it is not oblivious that the sternly affected and definitely the underdog in this circumstance are the minorities, which are the poor.
They always say that Filipinos are resilient and can cope and recover this pandemic like pros. Nevertheless, it is indeed saddening that the gravely affected sectors have lesser, if not no-choice at all. Hence, they opt to keep going on and be swayed to where the circumstance will take them. Yes, Filipino resilience is often overrated and is being romanticized and exploited.
When the school year 2020-2021 commenced in October 5, 2020, despite the dissent of many parents and students who have called for academic freeze, students’ dedication to learn have been challenged with distance learning since face to face classes were not allowed. Various concerns surfaced out in the distance learning which are inevitable due to the unexpected occurrence of the pandemic. Students had to do self-learning. Parents, other than providing for the needs of their children, also had to teach them at home. At present, one quarter of academic year has been done and varied perceptions among parents, learners and teachers can be heard. Nevertheless, many students are now well-adjusted to distance learning. They have coped up to the new normal and has been very resilient despite the many challenges they have been encountering each day. However, students still long for the actual teaching-learning process or face to face learning. May this pandemic end soon and the usual teaching-learning set up come back. To the students who have keep up to learning despite all the challenges this pandemic brought to our lives, kudos!