IQ’s MBHTE Learns ‘Paeng’ Lessons, Orders Evasive Moves re: ‘Queenie’ Arrival


By EDD K. USMAN Twitter: @edd1819 | Instagram: @bluestar0910Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital and Current Affairs

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(SDN) — Better to be prepared than sorry.

Apparently, applying lessons learned from the onslaught of Tropical Storm Paeng, the Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) headed by Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal today, November 1, ordered evasive moves as another weather incident is coming.

It can be recalled that severe Tropical Storm Paeng made havoc in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) which hit the country from October 26 to 29.

Many schools, students, and personnel of the education sector in the Bangsamoro region were affected, with over portions of over 200 school buildings submerged by flashfloods.

One of the BARMM schools virtually swimming on ‘Paeng’s’ flood waters. (Credit: MBHTE)

Actually, even before “Paeng” landed in Virac, Catanduanes, Bicol Region, on Saturday, October 27, the extreme weather incident already wrought destruction in parts of the BARMM, most severely hit the municipalities of Datu Odin Sinsuat (DOS), Datu Blah Sinsuat (DBS), and Upi where landslides occurred.

As of November 1, Situation Report No. 06 of the Rapid Emergency Action for Disaster Incidence (READi) under the wings of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG), tallied 53 dead, 38 injured, and 12 still missing from “Paeng’s” wrath. Over 500,000 persons were affected in the region.

At total of 252 schools under the MBHTE as of October 30 at 10 p.m. were damaged by the tropical storm, such as:

  • Cotabato City – 22 schools
  • Maguindanao I – 36 schools
  • Maguindanao II – 91 schools
  • Special Geographic Area (SGA)– 34 schools
  • Sulu – 17 schools
  • Madaris (Islamic schools) – 49

As a result, a total of 2,595 schools suspended classes, said Iqbal so they can be cleaned from debris and repaired.

Apparently learning from “Paeng”, Iqbal’s office instructed all schools under MBHTE 11 schools divisions to put in place the following preventive measures as “Queenie” was approaching the Philippines :

  • 1. Put all learning equipment and materials to elevated areas in the school
  • 2. Lock doors of the classroom
  • 3. Secure communication line with school personnel of your schools
  • 4. Contact division DRRM Coordinators for issues and concerns
  • 5. Capture photograph of your school before leaving
  • 6. Kindly coordinate closely with local authorities for possibility of using classrooms as evacuation centers, if needed.

Meanwhile, while doing its best to attend to and response to all those affected, the MBHTE is giving priority assistance to school personnel, students, and their families. (/)

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