By Alfred John Tayona and Hazel P. Villa, VERA Files
Photos by Alfred John Tayona
Perched on top of a hill in Islas de Gigantes, one and half hours pump boat ride away from the mainland of Carles in northern Iloilo, a school ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) struggles to educate students despite roofless classrooms, lack of books and chairs.
Mabelle Mortel, 26, a third grade teacher at Lantangan Elementary School, recalls that Monday before Yolanda smashed into Carles on Nov. 8, 2013, they were excited to hold their classes in the newly repaired classroom.
When Yolanda left, it brought with it the roof of Mortel’s classroom. Her charts and other visual aids were all destroyed and the students’ books were all wet. The same was true with the other schools in the Islas de Gigantes group of islands.
At the opening of classes early this month, Mortel’s classroom remained roofless. She holds her classes under a makeshift classroom with no desks, no chairs and noRead More »from Yolanda-ravaged school in north Iloilo still roofless