MANILA-- The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said it is continously tracking the whereabouts of teachers displaced by Marawi conflict.
While the opening of classes in Marawi City is still pending, the DepEd said not all teachers were able to report to the Marawi division.
However, Education Secretary Leonor Briones emphasized that being unable to report doesn't mean the teachers have gone missing.
Briones explained that since students displaced by Marawi conflict have fled to various places and as far as Ilocos Norte, there is also a greater chance that the teachers affected by Marawi conflict have fled to different regions.
The Department reported that as of June 15, 7,344 students displaced by Marawi conflict have enrolled in schools in Regions I, III, V, VI, VII, IX, X, XI, XII, Caraga as well as in the National Capital Region.
Briones earlier instructed DepEd regional offices to waive all the enrollment requirements to accommodate the influx of these students. Schools were also instructed to provide additional learning materials.
Briones said that teachers who were able to report to the Marawi division (currently holding office in Iligan City) will be provided with psychosocial first aid and support starting next week.
"We are concerned about their (teachers) welfare, and we are continuously tracking them, giving them assistance," she said.
According to DepEd, its regional offices in Regions IX, X and the ARMM have been on the ground to assist the students and teachers since May 27.
Also, the agency has deployed teams to evacuation centers and communities near the conflict area to look for these students and teachers, so they could assess their condition and and also refer them to schools.
Also, the agency has been coordinating with local government units, law enforcement agencies, to assist and protect the students and teachers displaced by Marawi conflict.
Meanwhile, the DepEd noted that it is always concerned about the teachers' welfare.
It cited that public school teachers continue to receive bonuses, allowances, leave credits and insurance.
Furthermore, teachers are provided with trainings not just to hone their knowledge, but also to prepare them for better opportunities.
Source: Philippines News Agency