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Paging DepEd: Schools Shooing Away Evacuees?

October 5, 2009

ondoy dead with evacuees by reuter(Reuter Photo)

It would be bad form to open a brand new, post-typhoon week with a rant.

But officials of the Department of Education led by putative administration senatorial candidate Jesli Lapus should be told evacuees temporarily housed in schools cannot just be shooed away.

This is not happening wholesale but as most of us lucky souls go back to our pre-Ondoy and pre-Pepeng routines, we mustn’t forget thousands remain huddled in evacuation centers, dependent on the kindness of donors for their sustenance.

Particularly disturbing is how scores of schools in Marikina and Cainta, the two hardest hits locales of Metro Manila have served you-must-go-home-now notices to the refugees.

Go home where?

Education undersecretary Ramon Bacani says the options include herding the evacuees to covered courts and some such available spaces.

That’s it???

It took government nearly two days to get its act together evacuating the victims of Ondoy given its utter lack of disaster preparedness.

Will it now drop the ball in this post typhoon recovery phase???

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