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Disaster-resilient school

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Interior perspective

While some schools in the Philippines serve as evacuation centers in times of calamities, none are especially designed to adapt to and withstand natural disasters.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Schools, frats should take cue from soldiers’ training

The death of young men due to hazing has been deplored and documented. Some of the killers in previous incidents have been punished, but some hazing cases have dragged on for 20 years or so.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The task of rebuilding

June is looming, along with the opening of classes in the elementary and secondary levels. The yearly opening in public schools is a difficult exercise marked by the sheer lack of classrooms and educational facilities and supplies for an exploding population; it promises to be doubly difficult in areas where the public education infrastructure is sorely in need of repair or upkeep.

Posted: May 25th, 2014 in Editorial,Editorial Cartoon,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Storm-resilient school

Talk of the Town, April 27, 2014

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Keeping kids in school

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I recently caught a TV journalist’s encounter with three boys hauling farm produce as she chanced upon them on a mountain trail. She asked them if they go to school at all, and the boys answered yes. But they had been absent for two days to earn some money for their family. I encountered a similar case first-hand a few years ago when my research team chanced upon a little girl selling delicacies at the passenger dock in Masbate as we awaited the ferry to Pilar, Sorsogon. We were on a field study on rural poverty, and decided to interview our young subject. Asked if she goes to school, she said yes. But she had to work on that particular day, she explained, as the family direly needed money. This scenario is played out every day all over the country.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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