ROMUALDEZ BLOC TO PROBE FIELD TRIPS
• August 28, 2014
• Written by Jester P. Manalastas
• Published in Top Stories
ARE field trips initiated by schools still safe?
This was the question the House Independent Minority group, led by Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, asked to the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education.
For this matter, the group has filed House Resolution 1405 to which the lawmakers wanted to call on officials of the DepEd and CHED in an inquiry to determine if the existing policies or guidelines in conducting field trips are still relevant and address the safety of the students.
According to Romualdez, the committees on basic education and higher and technical education should determine from the DepEd and CHED if these field trips are still educational.
Romualdez said these educational field trips should provide access to efficient and interactive learning of students which helps them broaden their learning outside of their campus.
However, Romualdez lamented that these off-campus activities have led to many unforgettable tragedies where young lives were lost, the latest is the tragedy in the Bulacan State University wherein seven students have died while doing research in Madlum River in San Miguel, Bulacan.
The solon said that it is about time to review existing law that governs field trips and for the DepED and CHED to minimize these untoward incidents, accidents and even death.
“It has been reported that some school authorities are not properly implementing the existing policies and guidelines issued by the concerned agencies,” the resolution said.
Some other tragic field trips recorded were the death of seven college students from Marinduque State College (MSC), a bus tragedy in Tuba, Benguet; demise of two high school sophomore students from Holy Spirit Academy in Bulacan in Tanay, Rizal.
Among the author of the resolution are Romualdez, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; Quezon Rep. Aleta Suarez, Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo; Surigao Rep. Philip Pichay; Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla; La Union Rep. Victor Ortega; Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco; Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza and ABAKADA Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz.