By Donabel Norei Magsino

MARAWI CITY, June 28 (PIA TFBM ICCC) – The Department of Education Marawi City Division proposes to establish 3 to 4 premier schools in connection to the forthcoming rehabilitation of the most affected area (MAA).

Part of DepEd’s proposal is to construct Dansalan Integrated School—a premier school which is envisioned to have 200 classrooms and accommodate around 9,000 learners.

Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Anna Zenaida Unte-Alonto mentioned during a Bangon Marawi press briefing that they plan to merge and integrate public schools in the MAA that are not more than 1 kilometer apart. This is in adherence to DepEd Order No. 40 s. 2014 that sets quality standards on the establishment of schools.

TFBM holds a press briefing in the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol to give updates on the recent government interventions and plans for Marawi. (Photo by: Jason Casas/PIA ICCC)

Before the siege, there were 20 schools inside the MAA that cater to some 11,000 students.

To date, 42 out of the 49 schools outside the MAA are open for more than 17,000 students who are enrolled in elementary and high school. The 7 other schools were foreclosed in compliance to the guidelines set by the aforementioned department order.

Though some schools were shut down, Alonto assures that education won’t be hindered and that this was done for security and efficiency purposes, “For now po we have already transferred our learners of those identified schools to the catchment schools, the nearest public schools na hindi naman umaabot ng isang kilometro [ang layo].”

[For now, we have already transferred our learners of those identified schools to the catchment schools, the nearest public schools that are not more than a kilometer away.]

Internally displaced students currently staying in different temporary relocation sites such as Biyaya ng Pagbabago Transitional Site in Sagonsongan, Sarimanok Tent City and Bahay Pag-asa were provided temporary learning spaces.

DepEd Marawi City Division guarantees that they will continue to be steadfast in delivering quality education to their learners amidst the recovery and rehabilitation phase. (DNMagsino/PIA ICCC)