CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Councilman Joel Garganera has urged the private sector to help rehabilitate public schools damaged by Typhoon Odette, which is being readied for face-to-face classes.
Garganera said that although there were already 13 schools identified in the mountain barangays that were allowed to hold face-to-face classes, they could not start doing so due to the damage they suffered from of the typhoon.
It is not just the 13 mountain barangay school, but many other public schools in the city, which has now become a challenge to the goal of bringing students back into face-to-face classes.
“So called katong 13 kabuok they should start already but again wa may mga on kay nangaigo man. As I spoke with DepEd (Department of Education) ang narelease nila nga budget to clean pa, wala pay for rehabilitation,” Garganera said.
(Supposedly, these 13 schools, they should already start, but again, the schools have no roof because it has been affected [by typhoon Odette]. While I was talking with DepEd [Department of Education]they had only released the budget for the clearing, they did not yet have a budget for the rehabilitation.)
The city’s local school board will help by providing materials to affected schools, but cannot provide enough manpower.
That is why the city government is urging businesses and private entities to provide assistance to their local public schools by providing materials or, even better, labor.
“Now is the best time to do your corporate social responsibility. You are adopting a school near your (your) school. Help, we need all the help. Labi na kaning mga construction (en especially on this construction work), please extend the workers,” Garganera said.
The advisor hopes that private entities will step in and help their communities through the Bayanihan spirit for the sake of students who have been stuck in modular learning for the past two years.
He added that returning to face-to-face classes was one of the city’s ultimate goals for emerging from the pandemic.
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