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House Leader Urges DepEd to Coordinate for Rainy Season Preparations

MANILA, Philippines — With classes currently on break, House committee on basic education and culture chairman Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo has called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to start coordinating with other government agencies to prepare schools for the upcoming rainy season. Romulo emphasized that DepEd has a two-month window before the start of the 2024-2025 school year to implement measures that mitigate the effects of heavy rains and flooding.

In a Bagong Pilipinas Ngayon interview, Romulo highlighted the importance of ensuring that students can return to classes promptly after rainfall. He noted that while deep floods during heavy rains naturally disrupt school attendance, the goal is to ensure that residual flooding in and around schools does not continue to hinder students’ ability to attend classes.

Romulo suggested that DepEd should specifically coordinate with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to address these challenges effectively. “Kapag tag-ulan, ang problema mo ‘yung flooding. Syempre the height ng ulan, talagang hindi ka naman papasok. Pero gusto natin, kapag wala nang ulan ay makapasok mula ‘yung mga bata. Ayaw nating maging balakid ang baha doon sa paligid ng bahay or school itself,” he explained.

This call to action underscores the need for proactive measures to ensure that the rainy season does not disrupt the educational process more than necessary, and highlights the collaborative effort required among various government bodies to safeguard students’ access to education.


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