Mayor Beng to PNP: Beef up security for island teachers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 March 2015 11:22

Mayor Beng Climaco recently reiterated her call for police and military authorities to beef up security for teachers assigned in the islands in the wake of fresh abduction incidents involving school teachers in Sibugay Province.

At the same time, the mayor urged barangay officials to continue support and assistance to teachers assigned in their area to ensure their safety and protection against lawless elements.

The mayor issued these calls, as she assured the City Government’s unflinching support to police and military authorities in terms of logistics to better perform their tasks and duties. She also expressed continuous support to teachers through the Local School Board.

“We have to really comply with the recommendations of Mr. Pete Natividad in the School Board to provide transportation for our teachers. We dialogued with the teachers specifically those assigned in Manalipa and Tumalutab and we are thankful to the police for providing security for them and also to the barangays for helping them ensure their safety and security,” the mayor said in a recent press briefing in City Hall.

The mayor said teachers, dubbed as heroes, are doing a lot of sacrifices for young children and therefore should be protected and secured at all cost.

She lamented that some unscrupulous individuals choose to harm teachers by holding them captive for their own interests.

“I am saddened that teachers are made victims and easy target of perpetrators. An act of violence against a teacher is an act of violence to a child for every teacher kidnapped, 30-40 children are affected and those accountable to these kind of acts should be meted with the full force of the law,” said the mayor.

The Sibugay incident happened March 5 when suspected Abu Sayyaf group members abducted two public school teachers in the coastal town of Talusan. Victims were identified as Reynadit Bagonoc Silvano, 34, and Russel Bagonoc, 22, both teachers and residents of Barangay Moalboal, Talusan. The victims remain captive as of press time, according to reports. — Sheila Covarrubias