Makeshift school to open in tent city

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


THE Movement for Livable Cebu (MLC), a civic group, has organized a make-shift pre-school in the tent city at the South Road Properties (SRP).

Classes will start tomorrow, according to the Cebu City’s Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), which facilitated the installation of the facility.

The students are children of evacuees from Leyte and Eastern Samar who lost their homes and livelihood during super typhoon Yolanda last November.

Mark Canton of MLC said that since the children cannot go to school considering their stay here in Cebu is temporary, the group decided to bring the school to them.

Limited stay

“So their time won’t get wasted, classes will be held at the facility to educate the children,” he said.

City has only allowed the evacuees to stay in the facility for three months. That term expires on March 23.

Two evacuees, who plan to take the teacher’s board exam, will teach the children for two hours every day.

In return, Canton said, MLC will help them with their expenses.

The group will also shoulder all the expenses at the makeshift school, including the purchase of school supplies and other materials.

Meanwhile, DSWS Chief Ester Concha said the City will help evacuees who want to leave.

Tent shelter at SRP, Cebu City
CEBU. A child plays outside a tent in the South Road Properties in Cebu City, where survivors of Typhoon Yolanda have been taking shelter. (Allan Defensor)


Exit plan

“The City Government will assist them along the way until they can go back to their places or land a job in Cebu,” she said.

Ten of the 54 families in the tent city have opted to return home.

Concha said the City will pay for their fare and give them an allowance.

The City and the PRC have started preparing an exit plan to ensure evacuees will survive after they leave.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 16, 2014.

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