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Only 3 schools used as evacuation centers in Iligan City, says DepEd


Jee Y. Geronimo


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) said on Monday, June 5, that only 3 schools in Iligan City are being used as evacuation centers for residents of Marawi City affected by clashes between government troops and local terrorists.

Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo said these 3 schools are Iligan City National School of Fisheries, Nangka Elementary School, and Pantar National High School.

"But classes in these schools are [being] conducted as evacuees only use the gyms or multi-purpose buildings and are not affecting the opening of schools. Displaced learners are still being encouraged to attend," Mateo said on Monday, during his visit with other DepEd officials at Ramon Magsaysay High School in Manila.

Regional directors of Zamboanga Peninsula and Soccsksargen also updated the DepEd's Central Office about evacuees in their schools.

"It appears that the transferees were more to the nearby municipalities more than spilling over to Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), but there is no specific data yet if there are really any transferees. But for now, it does not appear that there's a major spillover to Region IX," Education Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said.

For Soccsksargen, Mateo said only 16 displaced learners were accepted in some schools in the region. School officials areencouraging other displaced learners to attend the schools nearest them.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, following clashes between the military and the Maute Group in Marawi City. (READ: TIMELINE: Marawi clashes prompt martial law in all of Mindanao)

The DepEd estimates that over 20,000 learners have been displaced since the conflict started.

"Scattered sila sa iba't ibang lugar sa Pilipinas… Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga, Cotabato, at saka dito sa Luzon, sa mga areas na may mga malalaking Muslim communities, sigurado tayong mayroong mga bata na mag-e-enroll din," Education Secretary Leonor Briones explained.

(They are scattered in different places in the Philippines... Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga, Cotabato, and here in Luzon, in areas with big Muslim communities, we're sure there will be transferees as well.)

'We want them to finish'

On Monday, Briones again urged schools to accept transferees from Marawi City and waive the learners' documentary requirements. The DepEd hopes these students will stay in their new school to finish at least school year 2017-2018.

"We want them to finish. Kung halimbawa nag-enroll sila dito sa Maynila, o sa Quezon City, gusto natin siyempre makatapos para hindi nadi-disrupt," she explained.

(We want them to finish. If for example they enrolled here in Manila, or in Quezon City, we want of course that they finish the entire school year so that there's no disruption.)

Briones said it's unlikely that families displaced by the conflict will immediately return to Marawi City once the clashes end.

"Tsaka it will take time for people to get over their anxiety and trauma. Hindi naman pag-settle down ng ating gulo ngayon ay babalik sila kaagad. Ang pressure dito sa mga lugar na lilipatan ng evacuees would not only be on DepEd but also in the provision of basic services and employment," she added. 

(Also, it will take time for people to get over their anxiety and trauma. They won't go back immediately right after we've settled this conflict... The pressure for these areas with evacuees would not only be on the DepEd but also in the provision of basic services and employment.)

As for damage to school properties in Marawi City, Briones said they are not yet sure about DepEd schools but they can "only project that it would be extensive."

Public elementary and high schools nationwide opened their doors to 22.89 million students on Monday. For schools in Marawi City and 8 other districts in Lanao del Sur, classes have been postponed for two weeks, at most. – Rappler.com


No change in school opening date in Mindanao: DepEd

By Merlina Hernando-Malipot (MANILA BULLETIN)

Despite the tension in Marawi City, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday announced that the opening of schools in Mindanao will push through as scheduled on June 5.

The DepEd said in an official statement that the “opening of classes in public elementary and high schools, including those in Mindanao, will push through on June 5, as scheduled.”

Education Secretary Leonor Briones, during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, offered assurance that there would be no changes in the schedule of school opening for public schools this coming school year (SY) 2017-2018.

Briones emphasized that “schools will not be used as evacuation centers.” In Marawi City, Briones said that “the Provincial Capitol and the Mindanao State University (MSU) will serve such purpose” for affected families.

Meanwhile, DepEd also reminded all sectors concerned “to ensure the neutrality of schools and temporary learning spaces as zones of peace.” Similarly, DepEd noted that “students, teachers, and personnel must be spared from any form of violence, intimidation, or threat.”

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Restorative Justice comes to Bay Area Community Schools

On May 30, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm, in the multi-purpose room of Daly City’s Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School, Dr. Loretta Johnson of the American Federation of Teachers will be flying in from Washington DC to lead a panel discussion on Restorative Practices.  Dr. Johnson will be joined by local educators, particularly members of the American Federation of Teachers local 3267 and American Federation of Teachers local 1481, Daly City Councilmember Ray Buenaventura, as well as student activists from the community.  The school is located at 550 East Market Street in Daly City and the event is open to the public.
It sounds like a complicated social science but Restorative Practices is simply incorporating a child’s emotional landscape into the way a school manages its culture.  When I was in public school, managing emotions was considered the domain of my parents.  That left a lot of room for imperfection in the school environment.  Students were left to manage situations like bullying, cliques or general exclusion and insecurity on their own.  School was for academics and sports, not matters of the heart.  Decades later, during the Obama Administration, a new mandate has risen around thinking through the public school environment—a mandate that includes social and emotional factors into the student culture.  After all, the majority of a student’s waking hours are spent at school.  There is a lot of emotional exposure that happens outside the parental domain.
The primary focus of implementing Restorative Practices in Bay Area schools is Restorative Justice.  This involves resolving disciplinary behavior differently, through group discussions and community involvement.
“Schools and teachers do not want to be part of a system that criminalizes students at an early age,” said Melinda Dart, President of the American Federation of Teachers local 3267.  “Schools need to build positive environments just to get everybody there every day,” she continued, referring to the notion that driving high attendance is one of the key factors in the success of a student population.
“Unjust disciplinary consequences can make kids feel alienated,” said Dart.  These would include classic school punishments like suspension or expulsion.  Restorative Justice uses a softer approach to discipline that would include empowering the victim and teaching empathy to the bully.
The evening discussion on May 30th attempts to bring the community into the broader discussion of rolling out Restorative Practices into local schools.  Including the community in the solution, in fact, is one of the five pillars of the restorative discipline.  The others include healthy relationships between educators and students, conflict resolution, restoring positive relationships, and reducing harmful behavior.  In order to achieve all this, teachers must undergo training.  In the Peninsula, the schools furthest along in adopting Restorative Justice are three in the Mission Corridor of Community Schools—Pollicita Middle School, Jefferson High School, and Woodrow Wilson Elementary, all in Daly City.  Woodrow Wilson Elementary will have a program geared to younger students called Soul Shop.
By taking the perspective that “the bully is not a happy, well-adjusted individual,” and focusing on changing that person’s trajectory before it develops further is expected to reduce crime before the criminal is formed.  To accomplish such a thing, the educators driving the program need the support of the community.  So come hear Dr. Johnson if you live in the area.  It will be a nice way to start the short week after your Memorial Day break.


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