According to a report by Inquirer, the Department of Education (Cebu Province) mentioned on Tuesday that they will be issuing a memorandum on the Pokemon Go ban to all public schools in the province. The Cebu Provincial Board earlier approved a resolution last Monday urging the regional DepEd to regulate the game within school areas.
“We’ve never encouraged students from using their phones during class hours. We will disseminate this to the field through a division memo to inform school heads and teachers that there’s a resolution from the PB banning playing Pokemon Go within school premises,” Cebu Province Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Roseller Gelig said.
Gelig elaborated that there are already memos in place on student cellphone usage and that this new memo will only broaden the coverage of the prohibition outside the classrooms and within the entire school grounds.
The superintendent also admitted the difficulty of implementing the memo, noting that students would have to be caught “in the act of catching Pokemon” within school premises to be eligible for sanctions.
“It would be up to the school heads to look for ways to implement this order because this is a provincial resolution,” he said.
The Cebu province has around 1,200 public elementary schools and high schools all over the island.