by Hannah Estipona
CARMEN, North Cotobato – Kimadzil Elementary School was one of the most damaged structures in Carmen, North Cotabato after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the municipality in 2013. All but one of the school’s classrooms were severely damaged.
Teacher-In-Charge (TIC) Lucita Cañada converted the lone undamaged classroom to her temporary office where she also held classes for kindergarten pupils. The classroom also served as the computer laboratory. The Department of Education (DepEd) eventually arranged for the construction of new classrooms in Kimadzil Elementary School.
The construction of the new classrooms had already been completed when CheckMySchool (CMS) Area Coordinator Mary Jo Astrologo and her team of volunteers visited Kimadzil Elementary School. However, the CMS team noticed several minor issues. The team reported to the Office of the Mayor the school’s lack of a lawnmower and flagpole, as well as the need to repair the front fence. They also mentioned the lack of computer units in the school during a roundtable discussion with the School Division Superintendent (SDS). The Office of the Mayor and DepEd acted swiftly on all the issues reported by the CMS team.
“CheckMySchool not only identifies the needs of the school, it also follows through to ensure that the school’s needs are addressed,” said Ms. Cañada.
Edited by Eric Michael B. Santos