Zambo DepEd monitors school opening woes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:42


The Division of City Schools under the Department of Education (DEPED) has deployed personnel to different schools in the city to monitor all issues and concerns related to the opening of classes which started Monday, June 13.

In a press briefing in City Hall Monday, Vinnie Gerard Elicano, DEPED Education Program Specialist II and SPED Coordinator said the monitoring activity covers the areas on number of classes, teachers, materials used, resources available, enrolment head count, seating facilities, classrooms, classroom program, extent of Brigada Eskwela Program, Alternative Learning System (ALS), other special programs and most especially safety and security of children.

Except for perennial issues, the first day of classes Monday was generally peaceful and orderly. Traffic was heavy in some intersections but the presence of police and traffic personnel helped eased the situation.

The DEPED has yet to validate the number of returning students but initially 146,056 students are expected for the elementary level; 55,167 for junior high school level and 11,757 for senior high school level, according to Elicano.

Meanwhile, Elicano disclosed that the Oplan Balik Eskwela Information Education Center where the public can air their school-related complaints remains operational and is ready to entertain all concerns.

The center is created through DEPED Memorandum Circular 68 series 2016 and involves text messaging services, public assistance hotline and other mediums. It is tasked to submit daily reports to the agency head.

The Oplan Balik Eskwela center can be reached through its hotline number: 992-4267; email address:; website:; facebook account:  deped zamboanga city division and text line: 09985642019 or 09057104264. — Sheila Covarrubias