Ecumenical Services set at Talisayan Elem School PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:07

Mayor Celso Lobregat and the Department of Educaion Culture and Sports and other concerned agencies have set special ecumenical services for healing and hope following the October 22 tragic incident at the Talisayan Elementary School today.

The services will include critical incident and stress debriefing (CISD) and psycho-social process for the 240 students, 15 teachers and parents.

Education Undersecretary Rizalino Rivera was set to arrive in the city yesterday afternoon for today’s event which is set to start at 8am. Upon his arrival, he met with the concerned agencies at the ADZU to finalize plans for the activity.

The ecumenical services for healing and hope coincide with the first day of school after the All Saints’ Day holiday. 

The CISD and psycho-social process will be a joint undertaking of the city government through the Office of City Social Welfare Office under Francisco Barredo, DEPED, Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD), District I Cong. Beng Climaco, Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) and Western Mindanao Command.

The activity will be capped by the release of balloons by the students, teachers, parents and other members of the Talisayan Elementary School community.

At least three people including a teacher and a grade 6 pupil were killed while 6 others were wounded when an ex-convict staged a stabbing rampage past 1pm at the Talisayan Elem School. The attacker was also killed by enraged barangay watchmen.

Those killed were teacher Lorna Pulalon, grade 6 pupil Ces Orpiano and grandfather Ruben Flores who tried to rescue his grandchild from the rampage.  Six others were wounded: Ludivina Balilo, a grade 5 teacher; Joshua Demco, 11 years old; Maria Lyka Basing, 12; Princess Briones, 12; Michaela Diacoma, 12 and Joni Torres, a grade 6 teacher, who is still recuperating at the hospital after a sensitive surgery.

The city government has provided assistance to the wounded victims including survivors of the slain victims. Mayor Lobregat was also at the scene a few minutes after the incident to personally give instructions to concerned agencies.

Congresswoman Climaco supplemented the assistance of the city by also helping in the wounded victims’ bills at the hospital and the burial expenses of the slain victims. She likewise strongly recommended for the stress debriefing of the survivors including the other school staff and other members of the school community.

Secretary Luistro, who came to the city October 28 to meet with the victims and the school community thanked Mayor Lobregat for immediately responding to the incident last Oct. 22 and for personally attending to the needs of the victims and the other members of the school community.

Usec Rivera also praised Lobregat and Climaco for their efforts.  “We in the DepEd are indebted to you for your support and generosity. Your constituents are fortunate to have you as their political leaders!”.

The ecumenical services will be led by Archbishop Romulo Valles, Ustadz Jamil  Abbas and Pastor Jose Noman.

By Sheila Covarrubias