The Inbox

Principal says Pagadian City school is a tragedy- in-waiting

Cracked walls of Otto Lingue National HighSchool

By Ellen Tordesillas

I got this letter from Tess Tarranza, principal of  Otto Lingue National High School  in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

With the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck in Eastern Samar last Friday; 5.9 in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao last Monday, 5.6 in Bukidnon  and  PAGASA's  statement that they are expecting  about 10 more typhoons before the end of the year, their concern has become urgent.

Tarranza  wrote:

"My students and I go to school everyday fearing for our lives. Anytime now, the landslide wall protecting our school buildings could collapse and a number of innocent lives would be lost.

"This wall is ruptured almost cutting the structure in half. And because we experience heavy rains almost everyday, the damage just keeps getting worse.

"God knows we have exhausted every effort appealing to the local government, and yet to this day, not one government official has taken any much needed action to repair the landslide wall. This is why Faye Reyes of CheckMySchool.org started an urgent petition on Change.org.

"I was afraid no else will listen, but this petition gives me hope that Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Victor Yu and Pagadian Mayor Samuel Co will realize that all eyes are now on them and that they should act to protect the lives of our students and teachers from an imminent landslide. Please join us.

"One local official told us that we will have to wait for the dry season before something can be done about this wall. I felt as if a part of me has already died upon hearing this. I can only silently ask myself why they have to wait for a terrible tragedy before they act.

"This school is the only place where our indigent children can dream. Despite the risk, they religiously attend class hoping this will be their ticket out of poverty. Some even hike to school for about 3-4 hours through the hills with their worn out slippers and empty stomachs every single day.

"We may only be a small school from a very poor and far flung barangay in Zamboanga del Sur, but if you add your voice to our cause, these government officials might realize that our students are much more important than politics.

"Will you help me keep them safe by calling on Cong. Yu and Mayor Co to take immediate action to repair the landslide wall and strengthen its foundation before a terrible tragedy strikes our school? "

For those who want to sign the petition, you may go to http://www.change.org/petitions/zamboanga-del-sur-cong-victor-yu-and-pagadian-mayor-samuel-co-ayusin-ang-landslide-wall-ng-otto-lingue-nhs?

Why do the principal and the parents of students in Otto Lingue NHS have to resort to an online petition to get the attention of concerned government officials?

How about the Education Secretary Armin Luistro and the concerned  DEP-ED  officials?

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia
    Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia

    Australia on Monday urged Indonesia to ensure all legal processes have been cleared of corruption before executing two of its nationals as bribery allegations surfaced regarding their drug smuggling trial. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Sunday evening while Prime Minister Tony Abbott has written to President Joko Widodo to again plead for the executions to be halted. "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face …

  • Pagasa: Drought may worsen
    Pagasa: Drought may worsen

    The drought in 12 already dry areas in the country is expected to worsen as the summer season peaks next month, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned yesterday. In an advisory, PAGASA said the provinces of Albay, Bataan, Batangas, Biliran, Cavite, Cebu, Ilocos Norte, Leyte, Misamis Occidental, Pampanga, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur will continue to receive “way below” or “below normal” rainfall in May. PAGASA defines …

  • Maximum restraint for Phl troops in West Phl Sea
    Maximum restraint for Phl troops in West Phl Sea

    The military has advised its pilots conducting surveillance in the West Philippine Sea to exercise maximum restraint even if they are being bullied by Chinese troops. Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala said all actions of the pilots should be consistent with the declaration of conduct signed by claimant countries. Armed Forces public affairs chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said the Philippines should remain on moral high ground when it comes to the territorial dispute. A …

  • MMDA simulates rescue march after quake, tsunami
    MMDA simulates rescue march after quake, tsunami

    The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday led the annual rescue march from Quezon City to Manila, giving rescue volunteers a glimpse of possible scenarios if the metropolis is hit by a strong quake or is inundated by a tsunami. Cora Jimenez, MMDA general manager, said 700 volunteer rescuers walked from the Quezon City memorial circle to the Bonifacio monument in front of the Manila city hall to simulate a response-exercise to a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Renato Solidum, …

  • Islamic State threatens Mindanao, Phl tells Asean
    Islamic State threatens Mindanao, Phl tells Asean

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario bared yesterday before the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reports of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threat to the Philippines through the Black Flag Movement in Mindanao. Speaking before ASEAN foreign ministers, Del Rosario said the ISIS threat to Philippine security is real rather than imagined because of the Black Flag Movement’s pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. …

  • ‘Chinese reclamation affecting Phl’s energy security bid’
    ‘Chinese reclamation affecting Phl’s energy security bid’

    China’s occupation and buildup of its military structures in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea is causing the country’s top energy official to get the jitters as the encroachment is seen as a huge dent on the Philippines’ efforts to achieve energy security. “It is a concern but if we don’t bring it to the United Nations, where will we bring it? We cannot bang heads with them,” Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla told The STAR in an interview over the weekend. The US Energy …

  • Phl to Asean: China getting de facto control
    Phl to Asean: China getting de facto control

    The Philippines yesterday urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to unite and stop China’s massive reclamation in disputed waters as it will give China “de facto control” over the area and cause $100 million in marine wealth losses annually. At the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting here, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario told his counterparts that the situation in West Philippine Sea had worsened just a year after the Philippines began to draw international …

  • Gov’t spends P11.8 M for Noy’s Asean trip
    Gov’t spends P11.8 M for Noy’s Asean trip

    The government has allotted about P11.8 million for President Aquino’s attendance at the 26th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi in Malaysia from April 26 to 28. “President Aquino’s participation to the 26th ASEAN Summit is important as the region gears toward the creation of an ASEAN community, which is envisioned to provide new opportunities for the peoples of this region, including the Philippines,” Ochoa said in a statement. He was with …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options