A month before the targeted return of 100% in-person classes this school year, learners at Lun Padidu Central Elementary School may have to extend its blended learning delivery modality after a fire razed nine classrooms to the ground and severely burned two others just before midnight of October 6.

The affected classrooms were used to be occupied by 461 grade one and grade two learners.

RUINS. A fire incident at Lun Padidu Central Elementary School razed nine classrooms to the ground and severely damaged two others on the night of October 6, 2022, displacing 461 learners.

Expecting that the construction of new classroom buildings would take time, the Schools Division Office of Sarangani announced that funding will be made available to build 12 temporary learning spaces.

“I have already informed our finance personnel to set aside funds for the temporary learning spaces for the learners of Lun Padidu Central Elementary School, while waiting for new classrooms from the Central Office,” Schools Division Superintendent Gildo G. Mosqueda, CEO VI, announced during the flag ceremony on Monday.

He also recognized the quick response from the Division DRRM focal person Marlon P. Agad who led the on-site inspection the morning after the fire incident.

Engr. Kathrene Faith Asturias is finalizing the program of works and will submit the same immediately to the Central Office.

In the meantime, while the site of the incident is still being cleared, in-person classes at Lun Padidu CES are currently suspended.

Instead, learners will be going back to modular distance learning until the authorities declare the school premises safe.

Initially, the school received 10 boxes of bond paper and 200 chairs from the local government unit of Malapatan, four printers and 10 tablets, teachers’ kits, and health kits from DepEd Sarangani.

LEARNING CONTINUITY. Education Program Supervisor for Learning Resource Management Service Judith B. Alba (third from left) delivered 10 tablets, which could be used for the implementation of LRonWHEeLS, an innovation of DepEd Sarangani for distance learning, initiated by Roy J. Detoyato, ITO I (2nd from right) and Ariel C. Lalisan (right).
MATERIAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT. DRRM Focal Person Marlon P. Agad (sixth from right) led the distribution of school supplies and health kits to affected teachers of LPCES. His tea will also provide psychosocial intervention to all teachers.

School Principal Delia Cornejo is coordinating with the school’s stakeholders to ensure that the incident will not hamper the delivery of learning.

A meeting with the parents was conducted on Saturday to discuss plans for learning continuity in the face of the new challenge of classroom shortage due to the fire incident.

The options that the school is considering include revised class programming, the continuation of distance learning delivery modalities in the form of modules, and LRonWHEeLS.

Parents and alumni share messages of sympathy on social media, while others are organizing fundraisers to address the immediate needs of the school.

Based on the consultation meeting led by the School Governance and Operations Division, the school needs the following: bond paper, printer, ink for printers and duplicating machines, tables, armchairs, electric fans, water dispensers, projectors, laptops, and televisions.

The Curriculum Implementation Division has committed to provide reading materials for the school, while the DRRM team will provide psychosocial support services for the affected teachers.

Provincial Administrator Atty. Ryan Jay Ramos, representing Gov. Rogelio D. Pacquiao, together with Malapatan Mayor Salway Sumbo, Jr., inspected the site yesterday and expressed support to build back the classrooms destroyed by the fire incident.

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