‘Don’t use schools as evacuation centers’

USE the evacuation areas, not the classrooms.

This was the call of Cebu Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Rhea Mar Angtud who said that, during emergency situations, evacuation centers should be used to house the displaced families. Classes get disrupted whenever classrooms are used as evacuation centers.

Angtud said every city and municipality has an area designated as an evacuation center. These should be used, not the classrooms, she said. Students suffer with the class disruptions because their education gets affected and their school calendar at times is extended to cover the days when there were no classes because classrooms were not available.

“If there are evacuees occupying the classrooms, that means we cannot hold classes, that means the learning of the students will be at stake,” she said.

However, if evacuation centers cannot accommodate the number of evacuees, then there would be no other recourse but to use classrooms. Angtud said they will offer the classrooms in extreme situations where there are a lot of affected families.

“We cannot also deny that these people are our stakeholders,” Angtud said.

There are 1,177 schools in Cebu province that will start classes on June 3, 2019. Angtud said they expect some 567,000 students in Cebu on opening day. (JJL)


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