MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday expressed its deepest condolences to the bereaved family of a teacher who died in the bus crash in Orani, Bataan, as it vowed to provide aid to affected individuals.
“Gusto po nating ipahiwatig at ipaabot ang ating taos-pusong pakikiramay para po sa ating guro na pumanaw noong isang araw (We want to express our heartfelt condolences to the deceased teacher who died the other day),” DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said in a press conference Monday.
The lone fatality was a teacher of Payatas B Elementary school who was rushed to the Orani District Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
The DepEd-National Capital Region (NCR) and the Quezon City government assured aid to the casualties.
In a zoom conference, DepEd-NCR director Wilfredo Cabral said the local government unit (LGU) has already pledged to shoulder expenses.
“Ang atin pong mga teachers na dinala sa ilang ospital sa Bataan ay kinuha rin sa pamamagitan ng LGU ambulance at dinala sa QC hospital. Yun pong ating nasawi ay pinuntahan din at ng ating superintendent (Our teachers who were brought to Bataan hospital were picked up by the LGU ambulance and brought to Quezon City hospital. The deceased teacher was also visited by our superintendent),” he said.
“Ang atin pong LGU, sa pangunguna ng ating mayor ay nag-commit po na all expenses ng ating mga nasugatan pati yung nasawi ay tutustusan ng ating lokal na pamahalaan (Our LGU, led by our Mayor [Joy Belmonte] committed to shoulder all expenses for the injured, and for the teacher who died),” he said.
Cabral noted that 26 injured teachers have already been discharged while the body was brought home for burial.
The bus, carrying 48 passengers, fell into the steep side of the road while on its way to Bataan for a gender and development seminar shortly before noon on Nov. 5. (PNA)