In a statement posted on its website, the Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that the opening of classes in public elementary and high schools, including those in Mindanao, will push through on June 5 as scheduled.
It further emphasized that schools will not be used as evacuation centers. In Marawi City, the provincial capitol and the Mindanao State University (MSU) will serve such purpose.
DepEd also reminded all sectors concerned to ensure the neutrality of schools and temporary learning spaces as zones of peace. Similarly, students, teachers, and personnel must be spared from any form of violence, intimidation, or threat.