Some Cota­bato schools not ready for classes; Makati do­nat­ing 124 M to quake-hit LGUs

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By MALU CADELINA MANAR and JEL SAN­TOS

MAKILALA, Cota­bato – Some schools here are not yet safe for learn­ers due to the dam­age it in­curred fol­low­ing the strong earth­quakes and af­ter­shocks that hit Min­danao re­cently.

Salome Su­ma­linog, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal of the Makilala Cen­tral Ele­men­tary School (MCES), said some of the 47 class­rooms have cracks on their walls, beams, and col­umns.

Su­ma­linog said of­fi­cials from the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) in North Cota­bato

and the re­gional of­fice in Socc­sksar­gen ad­vised them it is still not safe to hold classes in­side these dam­aged class­rooms.

With this de­vel­op­ment, DepEd of­fi­cials are plan­ning to con­struct at least 47 tem­po­rary learn­ing spa­ces at MCES school ground. But it will take weeks or months to com­plete the con­struc­tion, ac­cord­ing to Su­ma­linog.

Apart from MCES, other schools that in­curred dam­age in­cluded Makilala Na­tional High School, Malasila Na­tional Vo­ca­tional High School, Malasila Ele­men­tary School, Sagu­ing Ele­men­tary School, among oth­ers.

The LGU-ini­ti­ated Makilala In­sti­tute of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (MIST) also in­curred ma­jor dam­age, es­pe­cially its main build­ing. Cracks are seen on its walls, beams, col­umns, and posts.

These schools, ac­cord­ing to Makilala LGU of­fi­cials, are used as tem­po­rary shel­ters or evac­u­a­tion cen­ters of quake vic­tims from var­i­ous barangays.

Omar Obas, Cota­bato schools di­vi­sion su­per­in­ten­dent, said classes will re­sume on Mon­day although there are schools that re­main not fit for oc­cu­pancy. He iden­ti­fied the un­safe schools as Makilala Na­tional High School and the Buena Vida School in Barangay Buena Vida, here.

Once classes re­sume, the evac­uees have to trans­fer to a place just a few me­ters away from the tem­po­rary learn­ing spa­ces, Su­ma­linog said.

124-M Makati do­na­tion

As this devel­oped, Mayor Abi­gail “Abby” Bi­nay an­nounced Fri­day that the lo­cal govern­ment unit of Makati City will do­nate P24 mil­lion as fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to earth­quakedev­as­tated LGUs in Min­danao.

The Makati Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil (MDRRMC), chaired by the mayor, ap­proved the

124-mil­lion fi­nan­cial aid dur­ing a meet­ing on Fri­day morn­ing at the Makati City Hall.

Bi­nay said she con­vened the City Coun­cil for an emer­gency meet­ing to ex­pe­dite the re­lease of fi­nan­cial aid to af­fected lo­cal­i­ties in the prov­inces Davao del Sur and North Cota­bato.

“The City of Makati em­pathizes with the vic­tims of the re­cent earth­quakes, and we would like to help them get back on their feet as soon as pos­si­ble. Aside from fi­nan­cial aid, we will also share what­ever re­sources we can spare,” she said in a state­ment.

More­over, Bi­nay said the Makati LGU will pro­vide school sup­plies to af­fected stu­dents in the two prov­inces.

Makati City, she said, may also de­ploy psy­cho-so­cial sup­port teams to con­duct stress de­brief­ing and as­sist the vic­tims re­cover from their trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

Present dur­ing the meet­ing were City Ad­min­is­tra­tor lawyer Claro Certeza, City Le­gal Of­fi­cer lawyer Michael Camiña, DILG-Makati Di­rec­tor lawyer Cherry Melo­dias, and Coun­cilor Jojo Javier, among other DRRM Coun­cil mem­bers.

Based on the Philip­pine DRRM Act of 2010, the lo­cal DRRM Coun­cil may trans­fer funds to sup­port other lo­cal govern­ment units which are de­clared un­der a state of calamity, upon the ap­proval of the Sang­gu­nian/Coun­cil con­cerned.

Bi­nay said she is ex­pect­ing that the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance will be in­cluded in the agenda of the City Coun­cil in its reg­u­lar ses­sion next week.

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