City, police tackles security woes for island brgy teachers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:14

by  Claudine Uniana

 

The city government in collaboration with education and police and military authorities are exerting best efforts to secure school teachers in the city, particularly those assigned in island barangays and called on the police and military authorities to beef up security measures in the city.

Executive Assistant on Barangay Affairs Art Onrubia Wednesday morning facilitated a meeting between Department of Education representatives, school and barangay officials as well as police and military personnel to discuss the security needs of the education sector.

According to Onrubia, the city government is very committed to the protection of teachers and students alike in the island barangays. However, not much can be done without the support and participation of the residents themselves.

“Mayor Beng is very much concerned with what is happening in the island barangays. The mayor is on top of the situation; she knows what is happening in the barangays,” Onrubia said. “But she needs you support. We need your support.”

DepEd School Governance and Operation Division Chief Rosalio Conturno Jr likewise reiterated the call to strengthen security for the teachers, stressing that teachers are committed to the education of children but can perform much better when they are not preoccupied with threats.

“Hindi rin naman siguro magiging masaya ang mga teachers na gagawin nila ang kanilang trabaho nang buong-buo kung nakataya din naman ang kanilang [buhay sa] panganib,” he said. “Sana naman maintindihan din ng ating mga kapulisan at mga sundalo at mabigyan naman kami ng tamang security.”

Other DepEd officials in the meeting also emphasized the department’s obligation to protect their teachers, citing that they will not disregard any threat against its teachers regardless of its merits. — Claudine Uniana