Classes remain suspended in Tugbungan ES PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 October 2013 11:00

Classes at the Tugbungan Elementary School have not resumed yet.

Tugbungan Kagawad Richie Puno, chairman of  the Committee on Health and Sanitation, disclosed that the more than one month of class suspension is brought about by the crisis which started on Sept. 9 when MNLF forces occupied six barangays and the massive floods that have affected hundreds of families in that barangay.

Tugbungan is hard hit by floods especially in Waling-Waling and Fernandez Drive, Barigon, Chimang pond area, Calle Basa, Dakak, Panitikan and picnic ground.

Puno said, during the week-long  heavy downpour on the first week of October, the school was used as temporary shelter for evacuees affected by floods.  Up to the present the school  is flooded with stagnant water. It is now becoming the  breeding ground of mosquitoes.

Draining of rain water with the use of water pump needs fun allocation, and it is also a long process because the area of Waling-Waling and  Fernandez Drive at the back of the school has still full of water due to the one-week heavy downpour.

Puno said they will leave it to the Department of Education as to the resumption of classes in the Tugbungan Elementary School.  He is nevertheless optimistic that classes may open Monday.

Puno added that during the three-week crisis, three civilians were killed due to stray bullets —  one is a mother and another is a child — along Chimang pond area. — Allen Abastillas