Beng reiterates appeal for teacher’s release PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 January 2014 16:34

Mayor Beng Climaco has reiterated her appeal to captors of teacher Cathy Casipong to safely release their hostage without conditions and consequently to stop the abduction or kidnapping of teachers for ransom citing the mentors’ key role in providing education to young pupils.

Climaco issued this appeal as she lamented the fact that teachers particularly those assigned in island barangays are apprehensive to report to their work stations because of security concerns hampering the children’s education.

“Teachers are our heroes who provide education to young children. We are appealing for the release of teacher Cathy and we are also appealing on behalf of the children—the youth and the hope of our motherland to stop the kidnapping of teachers for ransom because teachers are very vital tools in providing education,” the mayor pleaded.

The mayor has been constantly coordinating with police and military authorities as well as Department of Education officials to find out the progress in the investigation.

Climaco said she joins the parents, teachers and the community in condemning the act of abducting teachers because of the difficult situation that the city is in now.

Casipong, a grade school teacher of Sibugtok Elementary School in Limaong was forcibly taken by armed men aboard a motorized pumpboat few days before Christmas in Limaong. Reports say she has recently contacted her district supervisor to inform about her situation.

Mayor Climaco said policies should also be made to also ask the community or barangay leaders, parents and all stakeholders to make them accountable in the protection of teachers.

As this developed, OIC City Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad said the Division Management Committee (DMANCOM) in a meeting last Friday has instructed all public school district supervisors of Vitali, Curuan, Manicahan, Mercedes and Talon-talon and concerned heads of island and coastal schools to coordinate with barangay captains, Police Station Chiefs and Task Force Zamboanga commanders covering their areas of responsibility on the security plan/ arrangement for teachers in going to schools, while in schools and in going back home.

Without the provision of security details, the teachers of said island and coastal schools are directed to report to their respective district offices starting Monday, January 6. The same plan will be in place until such time that the teachers’ safety and security can be ensured by the said authorities, according to Natividad. —Sheila Covarrubias