DepEd unfazed over martial law consequences; 25 million students may not be affected ‘under martial law gov’t’

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By Elmer James Bandol

LEGAZPI CITY — Department of Education (DepEd) Assistant Sec Resvee A. Escobedo seemed unfazed about consequences behind reports that more than 40,000 school children were displaced in war-torn areas since Marawi siege begun prompting President Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.

“I think school children will not be affected”, Escobedo’s hypothetical response to bicoltoday.com ‘s premise by brushing aside that there are about 25 million learners this year would be back to school today might be affected in case the entire country would be placed under military control.

“Martial law all over Mindanao, but it seems to be normal except in Cagayan de Oro City where long queue of vehicles undergo tight security check” Escobedo explained before the local media as guest speaker during Media Dialogue, DepEd’s monthly program here.

Explaining further that he was with Sec. Briones on Wednesday and had consultation conference with regional and assistant directors of DepEd, together with schools’ division superintendents, where they discussed reports that about 20,000 schoolers were displaced in Marawi City, the place Maute group engaged in firefight with government troops.

He said, there are about 21,000 students from eight barangays were evacuated, while only 2,000 were accounted in three evacuation centers in Lanao del Norte, as others went to their relatives in Davao and Cagayan de Oro.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported that nearly 100,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in Marawi. Where food and water remain a priority need for the nearly 100,000 internally displaced people and around 3,700 estimated residents still inside the city..

While majority are scattered in different evacuation centers, another challenge is to reach the many displaced families who have sought shelter with relatives, the ICRC added.

According to Escobedo, displaced students who sought shelters with relatives could be traced through tracking system dubbed as Learner Reference Number (LRN) issued to all public school pupils and students and Alternative Learning System (ALS) learners which is mandated under Dept. Order No. 67, s. 2011. He believed problems besetting Mindanao will be solved soon.

On the other hand, Val G. Abelgas of Global Balita has punctuated President Duterte’s pronouncement that if the Supreme Court will meddle with his decision in declaring martial law in Mindanao, he will ignore it until police and Armed Forces say the Philippines is safe.

Abelgas shared his insight that signs of tyranny are clear, the president has ignored the fact that the 1987 Constitution was promulgated to prevent abuse of power that was experienced during Marcos’ martial law. [BicolToday.com]

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