ORAS EASTERN SAMAR, July 15, 2019—The Eastern Samar Division of the Department of Education inaugurated two integrated high schools in two separate upstream barangays in the Municipality of Oras.
The schools were inaugurated in Barangay Cagpili and Barangay Buntay on July 3, 2019.
According to Eastern Samar Division School Superintendent Bernardo Adena, the education department made efforts to establish these new integrated high schools so that students would have easier access to secondary education.
A survey of the same department showed that students of remote barangays are found to be of higher risk to dropping out.
Reportedly, the local community believes that easier access to secondary schools would address financial issues and would encourage better student-monitoring by the parents.
There are 112 students for grades 7 and 8 who enrolled in Cagpile Integrated School coming from nearby barangays such as Katoog, Gamot and Balingasag.
While in Buntay Integrated School there were 93 students for grade 7 and 8 who enrolled, mostly coming from nearby barangays of Batang and Rizal.
The inauguration of both schools were graced with the presence of SDS Bernardo Adena, Oras Municipal Mayor, Hon.Vivian Alvarez, together with teachers, barangay officials, parents and the local community.
Mayor Alvarez vowed to support the newly established integrated schools by providing monetary incentives to non-regular teachers.
Barangay councils also committed to provide free boat ride of students from nearby barangays.
Cagpile and Buntay are upstream barangays that are only accessible by means of two to three-hour boat ride from the Municipality of Oras. (Sasa Marie Quitorio / ESTE News)