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Latest News Philippines: Moratorium on field trips in Bulacan – Journal.com.ph:
CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — The Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution Monday declaring a moratorium in the conduct of field trips in all levels of both public and private schools in this province.
Vice Governor Daniel Ramirez Fernando said the resolution was passed after the provincial board hearing on Monday afternoon led by Board Member Michael C. Fermin, committee on education head.
Fernando said the board hearing was participated in by concerned agencies, parents and teachers associations (PTA) from this city and from the towns of Bulakan and Plaridel including the father of one of the students of Holy Spirit Academy of Malolos who died in the field trip last February 8 in Tanay, Rizal.
Fermin said the policy of the state is not just to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels as stated under Section 1, Article XIV of the 1987 Constitution but above all, to make sure that in the process of learning, students are having the utmost protection from any harm or danger to their life or limb.
Based on the study conducted by the committee on education, there are lapses in the guidelines issued by the Department of Education aside from the fact that the said rules or guidelines provide no sanction for violators.
“I think we should add more teeth on field trip regulations,” Fermin said.
During the committee hearing, Board Members Ayi Ople, Toti Ople and Ramon Posadas grilled the two representatives of the Holy Spirit Academy wherein two of their students, Rio Bianca Ramirez, 14, of Barangay Tabang, Plaridel, Bulacan, and Pamela Enriquez, 15, died while taking photos during the field trip when they were run over by a tourist bus in Tanay, Rizal.
The three board members questioned the negligence and the violations of the Holy Spirit Academy with regards to the February 8 tragedy.
“Ang ibig ninyong sabihin, ma’am, sabay-sabay silang nagsikain at hinayaan na lamang ang mga bata, aba’y malaking kapabayaan talaga ang nangyari, for short, the school did not follow the DepEd order,” Ople, a lady board member, said.
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