Govt finds no problem with Salugpungan closure; builds better schools for students

No Salugpungan, no problem.

In his official statement, Compostela Valley Governor Tyron Uy sees no issue with the decision of the Department of Education (DepEd) to close down Salugpungan schools in Davao Region. The governor agreed with DepEd’s justifications namely non-compliance to the basic education curriculum, material misrepresentation, and the failure to secure Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

Earlier this week, the DepEd through its spokesperson, Reynaldo Atillo announced the closure of Salugpungan. This comes after the suspension handed down by DepEd last August.

To ensure that the former students of the Salugpungan are not left without classrooms, the Provincial Government in partnership with the Department of Education, the private sector and volunteers built classrooms in sites where these Salugpungan schools are situated through the Bayanihan para sa Paaralan.

Businesses namely Hexat Mining, APEX Mining, Sumifru, Udenna and A-CUP Foundation funded the construction of these classrooms. Through the stakeholders’ forum held last August 27, 2019, the Provincial Government raised nine million pesos.

The construction was launched last September 20, 2019 and was simultaneously rolled out in five construction sites namely Side 4, Mangayon and Purok 3, Panansalan in Compostela town, Sitio Bongloy and Danawan, Manurigao in New Bataan town and Sitio Sapang-lubog, Tibagon in Pantukan town.

After three weeks, classrooms were officially turned-over to the community complete with electricity powered by solar energy, rain-fed water tank, restroom, washing area, school chairs, black boards, teachers’ table, and a flag pole. A Kusina ng Kalinga (KNK) kitchen that provides free lunch meals to the students and a teachers’ cottage was also built. To ensure a steady supply for food in the area, Gulayan para sa Paaralan was also established. The Department of Education also provided licensed teachers for these new schools.

Earlier this year, two schools were also built and turned-over to Sitio Puting Bato,Ngan and Side 4, Mangayon in Compostela.

Governor Uy took pride that the schools were built through public-private partnership and volunteerism.

“This project moved forward because of the participation of stakeholders, from the generation of funds up to the construction, this is the product of bayanihan

The governor further stated that the construction of these classrooms is part of his peacebuilding efforts in the province’s Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas where most armed conflicts happen.

“Education is life’s greatest equalizer and insurgency breeds on poverty and the lack of education. If we are serious in achieving peace in our province; we begin by making the right to education inclusive and accessible to all”, the governor quips.

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