February 24, 2024

The city government is mulling the possibility of using some of the more than 100 trees felled by Super Typhoon Egay as lumber to be converted into chairs for classroom use.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said with the start of classes in all public schools on Aug. 29, the problem on lack of classrooms and chairs has once again reared its ugly head.

Magalong said he discussed the idea of donating some of the trees to the Department of Education and City Environment and Parks Management Office.

He said, however, coordination must first be made with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on the possibility of turning these trees into classroom chairs or desks.

Hindi naman basta-basta kaagad ma-convert into chairs iyan at kailangan muna i-dry at meron pang resins ang mga ‘yan. Kaya kailangan muna i-dry natin ‘yung trees bago gamitin,” the mayor said.

He earlier had a virtual meeting with DepEd Baguio Schools Division Officer-in-charge Soraya Faculo; Councilor Vladimir Cayabas, chair of the council committee on education; and other officers of the Local School Board.

Magalong wants to make sure all city schools, especially those damaged by the typhoon, are ready for the opening of classes for the school year 2023-2024.

He also lauded the DepEd for spearheading this year’s Brigada Eskwela, with the theme, “Bayanihan para sa matatag na paaralan”. – Gaby B. Keith