The Department of Education is prepared for the opening of schools today in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City after the long holiday and aftermath of typhoon Sendong that evidently devastated a big swatch of Northern Mindanao.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said that some schools will not hold regular classes yet but instead use alternative delivery mode of lessons. In some schools, school heads will focus more on stress debriefing and play therapy in affected divisions. He said “We have to respond to the immediate needs of both teachers and students and for now, it is important that we introduce activities that will bring back normalcy in their lives”.“We have agreed with our counterparts in the Department of Social Welfare and Development that if our schools are still needed by evacuees we will hold classes in temporary learning spaces including the use of tents provided by UNICEF, Plan International and Save the Children, among others. While there are shortages in tents, donations are still coming in.”
Moreover, DepEd is now on the process of choosing the final list of schools being used as evacuation centers and expressed its appreciation to parents, military, police, students, non-government organizations and evacuees themselves for helping in setting-up of schools in order to be ready for the holding of classes. ”What we see here is an off-season Brigada Eskwela where every concerned citizen pitches in to bring back order in schools and in the community.”