By Saul E. Pa-a
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna Oct. 8 — Dr. Eugenia Gorgon assumed her official post Monday as the new officer-in-charge of the DepEd city school division superintendent here from her predecessor Dr. Myrna Pamplona who retired from the teaching service recently.
Prior to her new designation by the DepEd Calabarzon regional office, Dr. Gorgon was assistant schools division superintendent for Rizal province and was school principal in the National Capital Region for five years.
Gorgon arrived Friday for the DepEd city division’s celebration of “World Teachers’ Day” with this year’s theme “My Teacher, My Hero.”
More than a thousand teachers from the city public elementary and high schools attended the occasion which embraced the celebratory theme “Hataw na Guro” as they joined the parade from the city hall to the Rizal Monument Plaza.
During the event, the DepEd new city division head vowed to continue her predecessor’s commendable works and sustain the various school programs and projects.
Ten participating clusters of both the elementary and high school teachers braved the heat for the Cheer Dance Competition with West I cluster emerging as champion, East III, second and B2 cluster, third.
Dr. Gorgon witnessed the convergence of the vast academic community and praised the teachers for their dedication to duty and officially met with DepEd supervisors and the city division’s program areas key personnel.
According to Joel Libranda, DepEd’s city division ICT coordinator and head documentation unit, Gorgon has pledged to continue the school activities.
Some teachers welcomed the new schools division head and wished she would embark on a round of visits to the public schools, especially on school areas that remain under water to date.
Meanwhile, Ernesto Lindo, chairman of the DepEd’s city committee on disaster management, revealed that the division has drafted the guidelines for schools when they are temporarily converted as evacuation centers during flood and other calamities.
The draft is up for review by the new division superintendent for submission to the Public Order and Safety Office which serves as the city’s risk reduction and management committee in coordination with the social services and development office and the multi-agency body.
“Kasi taun-taon naman ganun ang problema at ngayon pa lang nabigyan ng pansin na magkaroon na ng evacuation site, pag merong evacuees sa multi-purpose playground. Then during calamities, meron talagang siguradong pupuntahan na hindi maaapektuhan yung schools,” DepEd city officials said.
Lindo said that five elementary school areas remain flooded and the higher grounds in these public campuses serve as evacuation centers.
These elementary schools are located in Calamba’s low-lying barangays of Lingga, Looc, Uwisan, Palingon and Sampiruhan.
Lindo also proposed “as can be safe and practicable, walang class stoppage and to ensure uninterrupted classes at alternative sites in the meantime that some classrooms are still submerged by floods.”
The Calamba Bayside and Castor Alviar National High Schools have also set temporary adjusted school hours and shifting class schedules extending to Saturdays.
“In the proposed guidelines, schools may serve as emergency evacuation and after 3 or 4 days, the evacuees may be stabilized to the relocation site to be supervised by the DSWD,” Lindo disclosed.
DepEd officials here looked forward to the draft proposals for schools as a temporary and emergency evacuation center and recommended funding allocation for evacuation sites that require city council legislation through an ordinance or resolution. (PNA)