Zambo schools used as evacuation centers in sad state, says DepEd PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:58

Most of the schools used as evacuation centers for the flood and conflict-affected families in the city have been vandalized, ransacked and many school equipment were reported stolen, City Schools Division Supt. Melchor Natividad said in a recent news conference.

However, the Department of Education’s (DepED) priority is “to provide the evacuees humanitarian service in spite of their misdemeanors.”

Natividad disclosed that “chairs, doors and other school facilities were destroyed, classroom appliances like electric fans and DVD players were stolen, and the canteens in some schools were ransacked.”

In spite of this, Natividad ordered the teachers and school personnel to be tolerant, at least for the meantime. “Our priority is to provide them with service. We have to consider that they have been under heavy stress for the past several weeks,” Natividad pointed out.

He added that “school authorities should make an inventory of the stolen items and report the incidents to the police.”    He said that the school personnel will submit a report of all the expenses for the information and appropriate action of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC).

In the Zamboanga City High School’s main campus in barangay Tetuan, a ceiling fan was literally removed from its socket.

Pacifico Dela Cruz, the school’s administrative officer bared that lockers were destroyed, and the shirts kept inside them for the students were stolen. The faculties’ personal storage spaces were also breached.

Dela Cruz said they would be submitting a formal report on the stolen items, as well as the extent of the damage to school property.

In addition, due to some evacuees’ use of electric stoves, rice cookers and other appliances, the electricity consumption also rose from P80 thousand to over P120 thousand. The same is true for the water consumption. This will also be reported for appropriate action of the local government.

Currently, there are still 200 families at the City High main. Most of them are from the neighboring barangays of Sta. Barbara and Sta. Catalina, who had lost their homes to the fires during the standoff between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)-Misuari faction fighters.

The school personnel hope that the temporary shelters will be built the soonest so that the classrooms will be cleared and normal classes would finally resume.