Alcantara regains PTA prexy post

July 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BAYAMBANG – The fight of the Parents Teachers Association of the Bayambang Central Elementary School to return to its old campus continues with the re-election of the incumbent president who was fiercely opposed the transfer of the 100-year old to a new campus.
Filipinas Alcantara, who led the opposition to the transfer of BCS to a new campus in another barangay, topped the election and bested former and present local officials who wanted to wrest the presidency from her.
Alcantara, eight other parents and one teacher who are all opposed to staying in the new campus, won ten seats of the 15 board PTA, while four teachers who wanted to remain in the new campus, also won.
The PTA election on Tuesday was tension-filled as what was at stake was the reportedly the safety of the students and whether the swapping of the 3.1 hectare old campus to a 2 hectare property in barangay Bical, was legal.
Those who fought Alcantara were former Vice Mayor Alex Medrano, Councilor Raymond Camacho, Barangay Magsaysay Angelino Junio and former police official Rebecca Diaz.
None of the four however, were elected to the board.
” Ito ay nagpapatunay na sumusuporta pa rin ang mga magulang sa akin lalung lalo na sa pakikipaglaban ko na maibalik ang paaralan sa dati nitong lokasyon sa Poblacion,” Alcantara said.
( This has proven that the parents are still supporting me particularly on my fight that the school has to return to the old site in Poblacion.)
Alcantara, a housewife, was the leader of parents who fought against the transfer of the pupils and teachers to the new site of the school in Bical Norte that is owned by a certain businessman Willy Chua.
Alcanta said the PTA would continue to fight for the return to the old campus in barangay Poblacion where the buildings were repaired with financial contributions from local businessmen while the community residents contributed free labor.
The old school is ready to take back students, she said.
The school buildings were destroyed after the school operations were transfered to the new campus on November 2012, after a local ordered the Department of Education to transfer. The Court of Appeals sustained the order.
But Alcantara said the PTA will appeal the decision. She said the PTA would ask a lawyer if the group can intervene in the case.
Recall that Camacho issued an Executive Order in 2013 directing the teachers and pupils to occupy the new site in Bical Norte, which was defied by the authorities of Department of Education (DepEd) Pangasinan I.
However, Camacho’s order was upheld by a Regional Trial Court in San Carlos City which prompted them to transfer in haste.
DepEd appealed the case to the Court of Appeals (CA) but the CA upheld the temporary transfer.
The old site of the school containing an area of more or less 3.2 hectares was supposed to be swapped with the property of Chua in Bical Norte containing an area of 1.5 hectares.

Chua constructed a two-storey building for the land swapping deal and for the old site to be converted into a transport terminal and for a new mall in this town.
The land swapping deal has not yet been perfected as there was no Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) forged between the municipal government and DepEd. While the Sangguniang Bayan has authorized Camacho to enter into a deed of exchange (land swapping deal) with Chua, the same has not yet been reviewed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
On October 25, 2014 right after Chua announced that he will get back his property if the land swapping deal will not be materialized, Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) through its chairman Rosendo O. So, also the national chair of Abono Partylist, and former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco decided to help the parents and teachers by repairing the abandoned school rooms at the old site.
Sinag donated P400,000 while Cojuangco, from his personal funds, provided P1million.
During the renovation of classrooms, civic spirited businessmen and individuals donated armchairs and tables including Senators Loren Legarda and Cynthia Villar for the pupils and teachers.
In December 2014, the PTA, headed by Filipinas Alcantara, sued Mayor Camacho and Willy Chua for violation of Sec. 3(e) and (g) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act docketed as OMB-L-C-14-094.

The PTA also accused Camacho of gross negligence and grave abuse of authority in the case docketed as OMB-L-A-14-0708.

The complaint filed by Alcantara stemmed from “the arbitrary transfer of pupils and teachers of Bayambang I Central School from its old site at Zone II, Poblacion in this town, to a new building in Bical Norte village owned by a certain businessman Willy Chua.”
” We will continue our fight to take back the old site of the school,” Alcantara said amid previous threats to her life for her hard stance on the school’s issue.
The new set of PTA officials are: President- Filipinas Alcantara, Vice President- Danilo Gubatan, Secretary- Lourdes Quesada, Treasurer- Carlina Barbosa, Auditor- Rustom Tagulan, PIO ( English)- Arnel Soriano, PIO ( Filipino)- Dondon Menor, Business Manager- Lydia Guarin, Peace Officers- Rodel Battung and Armando De Vera.

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