Tanay road tragedy brings traumatic stress to parents

February 23 2017 8:03 PM

The mourning and suffering of parents who lost their children due to tragic road mishap in Tanay has brought post-traumatic stress for many mothers and students.

A 54- year old household helper, Maria Victoria Campos, felt that she was traumatized by the bus accident in Tanay, Rizal that killed 15 people, which she only saw on news.

Maria Victoria Campos
Maria Victoria Campos

The gory death of the students still linger in her mind, and because of that, she will not allow her 6- year-old grandson, Mark to join a field trip or any activities outside the school, ever.

“Hindi na.(pasasamahin sa trip) kasi siyempre andun pa rin yung trauma e,” she said.

(Of course I won’t (allow my child to join the trip). The trauma is still here.)

“Kasi hindi maiwasan yung hindi ka mag-isip ng hindi maganda, hindi ba?” she added.

(It’s unavoidable to think that bad things might happen.)

Campos is working in Silang, Cavite as a housemaid but her family lives in Rizal.

Campos also said that her grandson’s school in Taytay, Rizal required the student to join their annual field trip to gain extra grades.

When asked, what she will do if the school would require the child to attend, she replied; “Mabuti kung afford, paano kung hindi? Talagang hindi pasasamahin, tsaka kahit naman afford, kung meron namang hindi magandang nababalitaan, natural hindi naman pwede pilitin”.

(It’s good if the family can afford to pay for the fieldtrip. If the family can’t afford it, the school can’t force the student to join. And if the family can afford the trip, if there are negative news about it, then the school can’t just force the child to join.)

The Department of Education (Deped) and Commission on Higher Education (Ched) imposed separate moratorium orders on field trips and other similar activities following the bus accident in Tanay.

Ched announced the suspension on Tuesday in a memorandum letter signed by its chairperson Patricia Licuanan.

Licuanan said that the moratorium was issued “in view of recent events concerning field trips and similar activities of higher education institution (HEIs) that have resulted to death and serious injuries to students and other members of the academic community”.

Licuanan said that the HEIs should institute replacement activities in lieu of cancelled field trips and external campus activities.

“This moratorium shall continue and remain in effect until all measures have been undertaken to effectively address the issues concerning issues concerning field trips and the stringent procedures supposed to be adopted by HEIS,” Licuanan said.

A strict compliance was requested by Ched to its concerned HEIs.

On the other hand, the Department of Education (DepEd) will issue a moratorium on field trips in all public elementary and secondary schools until June 2017.

Upon consultation with the regional directors, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, said the moratorium will be enforced for three to four months to allow for a review of existing policies and to harmonize the implementing details of regions.

“The review will cover alignment of field trips to learning outcomes, security and safety, and responsibilities and accountabilities not only of schools but also of parents and of other relevant government agencies,” it said.

Meanwhile, for schools that already secured permits prior to the moratorium may push through with their educational field trips, provided that existing guidelines especially on safety are strictly followed, the statement said. With reports from Marlo Cueto