“Matuwid na Pamamahala Tungo sa ARMM na Masagana’t Mapayapa”

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

ARMM schools affected by recent AFP-BIFF encounter, local DepEd calls off classes

RG Mujiv Hataman and his entourage visiting conflict affected areas in Maguindanao to assess the situation and provide relief to evacuees. (Photo c/o  Abdulrashid Ladayo Sr.)

On Monday, there was reported skirmishes between AFP and BIFF forces in the Municipalities of Ampatuan, Shariff Aguak, Datu Unsay, Datu Saudi and portion of Guindolongan along the national highway. Because of this incident, families have evacuated and classes have been cancelled.

DepEd-ARMM is coordinating with the Division of Maguindanao I which have been given leeway to call off and call on classes as the situation warrants. School heads and district officials under Maguindanao I are advised to coordinate with Schools Division Superintendent Hadja Bai Meriam Kawit in calling off and on classes. The primary consideration for the suspension and starting of classes shall be the safety of children, school premises and the commmunity as a whole.

This incident reminds the DepEd-ARMM hierarchy the long-term implication of "education in emergencies" in education policy and programming.

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"Matuwid na pamamahala tungo sa ARMM sa masagana't mapayapa"

English - "Good governance for a progressive and peaceful ARMM."

Sinama - "Hap pamarinta tudju ARMM na sambu maka salamat"

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