(Metro News) Multi-purpose tents given to LGUs can also be used as temporary classrooms — MMDA

May 28, 2012 12:38 am 

MANILA, May 27 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said overcrowded schools can make use of multi-purpose tents it has given to local government units (LGU) in the metropolis early this month when classes open next week after the two-month long summer break.

Though it was originally meant to be used as temporary evacuation shelters, first-aid stations, field hospitals and command centers in times of disasters and calamities, MMDA assistant general manager for operations Emerson Carlos said the tents could also be used as temporary classrooms to ease congestion in some public schools in the metropolis.

”Though the main purpose is to use as evacuation center and as a command center in time of calamities, it can also use this as temporary classrooms,” Carlos said.

Each water-proof tent, he added, can house up to 34 people and has sufficient space to accommodate equipment, or if use as temporary classrooms learning tools, textbooks, chairs and blackboards.

Carlos said encouraging school officials to use the tents as temporary classrooms was just one of the measures of the agency to help the Department of Education (DepEd) as it prepared for the opening of classes on June 4 after the two-month long summer break.

He said they were also in close coordination with the DepEd and the LGUs to ease traffic flow, especially on roadways near schools.

Aside from traffic management, the agency is also tasked with completion of minor road works, placement of basic traffic signage for the safety of the students, de-clogging of drainage and esteros, intensification of traffic enforcement through the deployment of additional traffic enforcers, enforcement of anti-jaywalking campaign and round-the-clock monitoring for public assistance. (PNA)



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