/ 23 September 2022

THE EDUCATION ministry of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said that the regional government will construct flood-resistant schools to prevent the disruption of classes during disasters.

Education Minister Mohaqher Iqbal said that apart from the pandemic, natural disasters threaten the education continuity in the region.

“We are also facing flood problems that submerged many public schools in Maguindanao,” Iqbal said.

He added that the majority of the 63 villages that joined the expanded BARMM’s public school system have experienced flooding for years and decades.

“For a long-term consideration, we are designing school buildings that are resilient to flooding,” Iqbal said.

“We experience floods repeatedly and it affected our school grounds and school buildings, we are addressing it,” he added.

The official said that there are some schools that are no longer being used to keep students and teachers safe.