‘Oplan Bira Escuela 2016’ finalized PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:00

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde and OIC City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario on Monday met with education stakeholders to finalize ‘Operation Plan Bira Escuela’, in a bid to ensure smooth and orderly opening of classes on June 13.

The meeting was highlighted by presentations on traffic, security, health and sanitation, task force dormitory/boarding houses and academe which the body discussed and revised.

Present were Councilor Rogelio Valesco Jr., representatives from the Zamboanga City Police Traffic Division, Task Force Zamboanga, Department of Education- Division Office, school principals, Department of Trade and Industry, Federation of Land Transportation in Zamboanga (FELTRANZ), Department of health, Bureau of Fire Protection, barangay chairmen, General    Service Office, City Engineer’s Office, City Treasurer’s Office, City Health Office and other stakeholders.

Iturralde said the Monday meeting was a follow-up of the gathering last Friday where preliminary discussions centered on the different traffic schemes that will be enforced in various school zones within the 7-kilometer radius.

He said it is the desire of the City Government to have a smooth and orderly opening of classes by overseeing preparations.

Lengthy discussions focused on the scheme of deploying traffic and security personnel to man the different schools zones in coordination with the barangay tanods. The conduct of search and destroy and fumigation activities in the different schools including the clearing of sewers and canals in areas leading to the schools were also discussed.

The safety and protection of students and teachers who travel to and from the city proper to the island schools also was one of the priority topics. The city will also exert effort to ensure a circular issued by the Department of health related to ambulant vendors outside the school premises will be strictly enforced.

The Division of City Schools is activating the Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) and the Public Assistance Station (PAS) from May 28 to June 18 to also ensure a hassle-free school opening.

The PAS will cater to complaints and other concerns from parents, students and the public. It will be set up at the Division Office in Baliwasan and will utilize all media platforms to answer all queries and concerns related to school year 2016-2017. — Sheila Covarrubias