By Christina Hermoso
A Church leader has expressed regret over the closure of 55 lumad schools in the Davao Region.
San Jose, Nueva Ecija Bishop Roberto Mallari, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education said he was concerned with the fate of the affected lumad students.
“I am saddened with the closure of the schools instead of making an effort to improve the education system,” Mallari said over church-run Radio Veritas.
The Department of Education in Davao (DepEd-Davao) has ordered the permanent closure of 55 lumad schools in the Davao Region.
The decision came four months after the agency suspended their operations for allegedly teaching “subversive ideologies.”
The DepEd said the schools run by Salugpongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers also failed to comply with government requirements.
“DepEd should have considered the fate of the more than 3,500 lumad learners and teachers who will be affected by the move. I hope that their situation will lead them to hold on to hope instead of giving up,” Mallari said.