Mayor orders DepEd to probe on DPLMHS freak accident PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:06

Mayor Beng Climaco has asked the Department of Education to thoroughly investigate the freak accident that killed a Grade 7 student of the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School inside the school gym yesterday afternoon.

At the same time, the mayor called on DepEd through City Schools Superintendent Dr. Romy Triambulo to address threats in campus and in the periphery to ensure safety of everyone.  Reports of these threats should be submitted to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) for immediate preventive measures.

The City Government through City caretaker and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde provided assistance to the fatality and the injured. The CDRRMO and the City  Health Office responded to the incident as Police Station 7 personnel were also directed to conduct a thorough probe on the matter.

Greyshen Kurt Balanto y Ibanez, 12 years old was killed after the basketball goal post collapsed on top of him inside the DPLMHS gym. His companion, 13 year old Jay Mark Gutierez y Mondijar sustained face injuries and was rushed to the Ciudad Medical for treatment.

The two boys, along with their classmates went to the gym at lunch time to avail of free wifi and sat near the basketball goal post. Remitch Remigio, one of the classmates said, he saw the goal moving forward and immediately shouted at his two classmates to move away. However, his warnings were unheeded as the victims were using headsets.

In his text message to Mayor Climaco, Triambulo described the incident as very unfortunate and expressed that preventive measures must be done in each school. He also thanked the mayor for the concern. (Sheila Covarrubias)