After losing their homes to an Aug. 31 fire, learners and their families from Parola area, Barangay 6 in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental have been staying in evacuation centers.
With the opening of classes, learning had become even more of a challenge for 86 affected grade-schoolers of Congressman Vicente Gustilo Sr. Memorial School (CVGSMS).
To make things easier, the Department of Education-Division of San Carlos City and the City Social Welfare and Development Office rolled out a module pantry at the village covered court on Monday.
In a statement on Tuesday, CVGSMS principal Jose Junjun Andebor said they came up with the idea based on the parents’ suggestions.
“We will thoroughly organize the program since this was just an instinctive proposal of the teachers and the DepEd-San Carlos agreed with it,” he added.
The module pantry serves as a hub, where parents can pick up and submit the learning modules of their children at the same time.
“The teachers will bring the modules to the evacuation centers so parents no longer have to go to the school campus to get them,” Andebor said.
During the launching program that coincided with the opening of the school year 2021-2022, Schools Division Superintendent Anthony Liobet lauded the school head, teachers, and staff of CVGSMS for the learning innovation.
“They are reaching out to their students, not just during this pandemic, but also after the fire incident,” he said.
After the module pantry was unveiled, the learners and their parents also received relief goods from the teachers and other stakeholders in the city.
District II Supervisor Maria Carla Romanillos said alongside the module pantry, they will also set up a study area inside the covered court.
“We are also planning to open a module pantry in the Regional Evacuation Center in Margarita Village, where half of the fire victims are currently staying,” she added.
Romanillos said they will appoint a parent-leader assigned at Barangay 6 covered court and another one at REC to help the teachers implement the module pantry program, and to represent the parents and guardians who are earning a livelihood.
The parent-leaders will also be joined by a social welfare office staff.*PNA