PTA asks Roxas, Arenas to probe legality

October 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment


BAYAMBANG CENTRAL SCHOOL CAMPUS SWAP
By Yolanda Sotelo
BAYAMBANG– The Parents Teachers Association of the Bayambang Central School asked Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas and Pangasinan third district Rep. Rosemary Arenas to look into the legality of the swapping of the century-old elementary school campus with a privately-owned property.

CONSPIRACY EXPOSED. Parents-Teachers Association’s President Filipina Alcantara  (with microphone) exposes the conspiracy between Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho and the high officials of the Department of Education in Region-1 in abandoning the Bayambang Central School in violation of the DepEd Service Manual. The PTA and other cause oriented groups rallied last October 7 in front of the razed 100-year old Gabaldon Building to commemorate the one year anniversary when teachers and students were forced to relocate in a controversial school site.

CONSPIRACY EXPOSED. Parents-Teachers Association’s President Filipina Alcantara (with microphone) exposes the conspiracy between Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho and the high officials of the Department of Education in Region-1 in abandoning the Bayambang Central School in violation of the DepEd Service Manual. The PTA and other cause oriented groups rallied last October 7 in front of the razed 100-year old Gabaldon Building to commemorate the one year anniversary when teachers and students were forced to relocate in a controversial school site.

A copy of the deed of exchange of real properties  between the municipality of Bayambang and one Willy Chua, who claimed to be a businessman from Mangaldan town, showed the municipality swapping a government owned land with a private property.
The old school was abandoned on October 2013 after a local court ordered the transfer of its operations to the new campus.
The deed showed that the 3.1-hectare old campus along the national road in Zone II, was swapped with a two-hectare property in Bical village (not Magsaysay as earlier reported), some three kilometres away from the old campus.
The deed said the untitled tree-lined old campus is owned by the municipality. It is a part of a military reservation as shown by a document dated May 25, 1912 signed by Charles H. Smith, juez de tribunal del Registro de la Propiedad, Estados Unidos de America, Islas Filipinas.

LEFT TO ELEMENTS AND THIEVES. The pathetic sight of one of the rooms of the Central School in Bayambang  that was left to the elements and thieves who took many of the doors, ceilings, black boards and iron grills. Filipina Alcantara, the Parents –Teachers Association president, said  school principal Danilo Flores and Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho did not post  guards to safeguard the school properties.

LEFT TO ELEMENTS AND THIEVES. The pathetic sight of one of the rooms of the Central School in Bayambang that was left to the elements and thieves who took many of the doors, ceilings, black boards and iron grills. Filipina Alcantara, the Parents –Teachers Association president, said school principal Danilo Flores and Bayambang Mayor Ricardo Camacho did not post guards to safeguard the school properties.

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On the other hand, Chua’s titled property included a 60-classroom, two storey-building and a covered court which he claimed to be worth P152.8 million.DSC00734
Chua, who the deed said is the general manager of Super Concrete Aggregates, was also supposed to give additional P30 million worth of unspecified projects to the school.
“But is it legal to swap a public land with a private property? PTA President Filipina Alcantara said.
The PTA also wanted to know the stand of Education Secretary Armin Luistro on the issue because “we do not know if the stay of the school in the new campus is legal or not,” she said.
There are no documents showing the ownership of the new campus has been transferred to the Department of Education.
“What if something happens to the students while at the new campus? Would the DepEd be answerable?” Alcantara said.
The PTA also cited additional transportation expenses by the children because of the distance from their residences. While some villages are near the new school, the parents still prefer the old one because of legal problems, Alcantara said.
The parents also said the new campus area was very near a cold storage and the community hospital that could pose danger to the children.
Also, they wanted to know who Chua is, who they call the “mysterious donor.”
“Aside from the information that he owns the 168 store in Urdaneta City, we know nothing about him, and he never showed himself to the school,” Alcantara said.
Town Councilor Levin Uy said the structures in the new campus were intended for a college which the municipal government planned to establish.
“But since it was needed by the elementary school, it was just given to them,” he said.
He said the old campus would be converted into a central terminal and for a building that would house government offices.

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