Rainy School Days

NOW that everyone is gearing up for the opening of school classes which will officially

begin on June 6, the not so old proposal to move it from June to September is again

persistently coming out as students, school personnel and authorities have to deal with the

perennial flooding and diseases in Metro Manila and landslides in the provinces which are

compounded with the lack of transportation and damaged school facilities, among others.

Original proponents and supporters cited, aside from bad weather, that summer months have

changed due to the looming climate change and “it’s not as hot and dry as before.”

“Climate change no longer account for summer since experience, year saw several typhoons

hitting the country in April and May, ostensibly summer days when weather condition is

usually at its best,” they claimed.

They said further it would lessen confusion among students and parents and avoid

mudslinging among concerned government agencies as well as local government executives who

pin the blame on each other when suspension of classes went awry.

To me as some others feel the same way, the traditional June school opening should stay.

Well if the proposal which was made prominent by Senator Franklin Drilon would solve

textbook shortage problem or even quality teacher shortage problem instead of creating

another set of problems for all of us, why not.

Nevertheless if it can’t, let us stick with the traditional June school opening OK?

In the first place, summer months have been ideal time for family bonding activities and

vacation. And also during summer even if it has become unpredictable obviously due to the

global warming we have been preoccupied in observing fiestas and other traditional

celebrations which would certainly affect the attendance of children in school as they

(fiestas, etc.) would cause disruption of classes.

That is why, it’s good to know that all stakeholders are now pooling their resources with

the “Brigida Eskwela” program of the government in which hundreds of volunteers including

members of the Armed Forces and police wield stick brooms, hammers and paint rollers and

joined the school clean-up led by the local government units and the Education department.

Relatedly, Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco, who’s more particular of the safety of the

students and school personnel, gave instructions to the local police headed by Senior Supt.

Florendo Quibuyen to see to it that all necessary measures to protect them are in place.

“I am relying heavily on the capacity of the city police to provide the much-needed

protection to the students and school personnel who might be victimized by criminal

elements out to take advantage of the opening of classes,” Tiangco says.

Caloocan Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri partners with his son, Liga ng Barangay national

president and City Councilor RJ Echiverri as they join the entire village and local school

officials in making sure that all possible problems like damaged school facilities are

acted upon before the opening of classes.

In Quezon City, key officials and Mayor Bistek Bautista will lead in the repair and

clean-up operations in all public schools next week as he wants all pre-school classrooms

repaired and renovated before June 6.

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