Cebu City Council for the Private Sector: Help rebuild public schools

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CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Councilman Joel Garganera has called on the private sector to help clean up public schools damaged by Typhoon Odette preparing for classroom instruction.

Garganera said even if there were already 13 identified schools in the mountain barangays that would be allowed to hold face-to-face classes, they would not be able to start doing so because of the damage they suffered from the typhoon.

It’s not just 13 Mountain Barangay School, but many other public schools in the city that have now become a challenge to the goal of getting students back into classroom instruction.

“Supposed to be katong 13 kabuok, they should start, but then again wa may mga on kay nangaigo man. When I spoke to DepEd (Department of Education) not to release a budget to evict Pa but to pay for rehabilitation,” Garganera said.

(Supposedly these 13 schools are supposed to start, but then again the schools don’t have roofs because they were hit [by typhoon Odette]. When I spoke to DepEd [Department of Education]they had only approved the budget for the eviction, they didn’t have a budget for the cleanup yet.)

The local city school board will help out with providing materials to the affected schools, but cannot provide enough manpower.

Because of this, the city government is urging private companies and institutions to help their local public schools by either providing materials or, even better, manpower.

“This is the best time to fulfill your corporate social responsibility. You adopt a school near your institution (your institution). Help, we need all help. Labi na kaning mga construction (especially in this construction work), please extend workers,” Garganera said.

The councilor hopes that private institutions would help their communities through the Bayanihan spirit to help out on behalf of the students who have been stuck under modular learning for the past two years.

He added that the return of face-to-face classes is one of the city’s ultimate goals to get out of the pandemic.

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