School’s not out for Zamboanga students—DepEd


The Department of Education (DepEd) will find a way to get some 12,000 public school pupils affected by the siege of Zamboanga City back to class in the coming weeks, even if it is not at their regular schools.

School officials will conduct “alternative delivery modes” for students of four public elementary schools situated in the middle of the fighting between Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels and government forces, as well as for high school students who live in the conflict zone but attend schools elsewhere in the city.

The DepEd made the clarification as it protested the headline on an Inquirer article of Sept. 9 that said “Schools out for 3 months in Zamboanga City.”

“It did not refer to ’no class, no school.’ Learning will continue through what we call alternative delivery modes,” said DepEd Assistant Secretary Rey Laguda.

Laguda, who was part of the DepEd contingent led by Education Secretary Armin Luistro that flew to Zamboanga on Friday to map out class resumption strategies, said the headline went against the DepEd’s goal of having classes resume as soon as it was safe.

He said the alternative modes of learning included having students home-schooled or integrated into nearby schools.

“Next week we will take into account each and every learner,” he said.

Laguda explained that the estimate of three months before the affected schools could return to normal was based on experience in areas hit by major disasters.

Other affected students are those who attend 21 island and coastal public schools considered to be in “danger zones” and those who go to the 13 public schools being used as evacuation centers.

Of the 205 total public schools in Zamboanga City, 167 are far from the conflict area.

Luistro said these schools may resume classes as early as Monday once the city’s interagency crisis committee deems it safe to do so. Dona Z. Pazzibugan




Related Stories:

Schools out for 3 months in Zamboanga City

200K students affected by Zamboanga fighting—DepEd

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos