The Department of Education (DepEd) is now studying the four-day school week proposed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Malacañang said on Saturday.
Deputy Presidential spokesman Abigail Valte made the statement on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan in reaction to reports that the proposal has received negative response from the public.
“The DepEd is still studying it. We’ll refer to the recommendation of DepEd for the alternative school week for students,” Valte said.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino proposed the four-day school week to prevent traffic volume from increasing as two major infrastructure projects will begin on Monday.
Tolentino also proposed a four-day workweek to the Department of Labor and Employment.
The two infrastructure projects, which will begin construction on Monday, are the Skyway 3 project and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway Phase 2.
Traffic along the circumferential EDSA is expected to increase by 55 percent because of these projects.