Save our Schools (SOS) Network vehemently denounced yet another attempt of the Department of Education (DepEd) Region XI to delay and foil the operation of not less than 25 lumad community schools in Mindanao maliciously branded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as communist’s schools, resulting to further denial of lumad children’s right to education.
According to SOS Network spokesperson Madella Santiago, DepEd XI Regional Director Escobarte refused to release the permits of Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center (STTICLC) and Mindanao Interfaith Services Inc. (MISFI) Academy in Davao region, saying that the releasing of school permits will now be held in division offices based on the new approved procedures.
‘Escobarte’s excuse is very unacceptable. They already pronounced that the schools have been permitted to operate, why don’t they issue the permits? As Regional Director, he should consider the welfare of lumad students, especially that the school…
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