- CHERYL G. CRUZ
The Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting the Department of Education Division of Bacolod to assign nurses to all primary and secondary schools in the City to address and prevent health issues caused by the rising temperature.
Several incidents of students, teachers, and other staff of DepEd Bacolod experiencing fatigue and heat stroke caused by the rising temperature have come to the attention of members of the SP, Councilor Claudio “Kalaw” Puentevella, chairperson of the SP Committee on Health and Sanitation, said.
Puentevella said in his resolution approved by the sanggunian Wednesday that heatstroke may lead to adverse health effects, and even death.
The DepEd central office earlier tasked schools all over the country to implement mitigating measures amid the hot weather and rising heat index to ensure that learners and teachers are protected.
In Negros Occidental, schools division superintendent Anthony Liobet issued Division Memorandum No. 325 dated April 24, recommending that schools limit outdoor activities, and to put in place precautions to minimize or mitigate the effects of the hot weather.
Public schools are also allowed to shift to alternative delivery modes, like online or modular, if the classroom setup is no longer ideal for learning amid the scorching heat./CGC