PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Classes in typhoon-ravaged schools resumeby Perrygem
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, January 04 –- Typhoon ravaged schools in Northern Mindanao due to tropical storm ‘Sendong’ and evacuation centers resumed classes, January 3, for them to start building a sense of normalcy in spite of the crisis they encountered.
Regional Director Luz S. Almeda of the Department of Education (DepEd) issued Regional Memorandum No. 114, series of 2011 that all schools both in elementary and secondary must start classes on the scheduled date as stipulated in the Calendar of Activities even for those schools affected by TS Sendong.
For schools in Cagayan de Oro city and Iligan city Divisions which are used as evacuation centers, classes to be held are in informal sessions which will conducted in sports center, covered courts, Barangay Hall or to any available open spaces as long as it is safe and convenient for the students and teachers.
The schools used as evacuation centers are West City Central Schools and City Central Schools of Cagayan de Oro city Division and Iligan East High School-Sta. Filomena, Echavez Elementary School and Hinaplanon Central School of Iligan city Division,
In the affected schools of TS Sendong including the evacuation centers, the learning sessions to be conducted are more on debriefing activities like having fun games and arts activities which will last for 1-2 hours to be facilitated by their teachers or adopt an Alternative Delivery Modes (ADM) with psychosocial activities on the start of classes until it will be restored to its normal routine.
On the other hand, this session will also start to track down the whereabouts of the students who were affected by the storm. This will also be a basis for a report on the number of children who are in school as well as those who are victims/casualty.
Then teachers should accept all students in the evacuation centers to their classes until these students will be relocated or until their original teachers will be able to reach or locate them.
Plan International, UNICEF, Save the Children, Rotary Club are some of the organizations who helped in the putting up classroom tent ready for the resumption of classes.
Further, principals and teachers from those unaffected schools shared their assistance by having a ‘Brigada Eskwela’ and helped the affected schools ready for the resumption of classes.
Meanwhile, the military and police forces provided safety and protection of the evacuees and also assisted the affected schools in cleaning and repairing the school furniture and other facilities. (DepEd/PIA-10)