Teacher’s party list supports setting up of school in Spratlys

ACT Teachers party list Rep. Antonio Tinio today expressed his support for the opening of an elementary school at Pag-asa Island which is part of the disputed Spratlys territory in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

“It is indeed a welcome development to hear that a schoolhouse has been set up in Kalayaan town in Pag-asa, this would be a tremendous help in advancing the education of the children in the disputed territory. The families of students also would not have to be separated so that their children can go to school.

Pag-asa lies 527 kilometers (285 nautical miles) west of Palawan. A boat trip to the island could take the entire day, depending on the sea condition.

Islanders walled in the town’s old multipurpose hall, dividing it into two rooms.  For school supplies, the mayor used books donated earlier this year. The Pag-asa mayor is requesting funding from the provincial government and the Department of Education to maintain the school and build more classrooms in the future.

“Aside from the basic curriculum, the values of patriotism and love of country should be inculcated to the students considering that their homes and school stand in a contested area,” said the progressive solon.

Tinio also vowed to send assistance for the Pag-asa school so that the teaching materials and the school supplies would be updated. The party list group is also studying if they can construct a larger and more permanent school building in the island.

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