The Surigao del Norte Provincial Council has declared as “persona non grata” the acting regional director of the Department of Education (DepEd-Caraga) who failed to attend an emergency meeting in the immediate aftermath of the devastating February 10 earthquake.
In a resolution, the provincial board censured DepEd Caraga director May D. Eclar for failing to answer a call to an emergency meeting last February 17 by Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas after a 6.7-magnitude quake hit struck the province, and the occurrence of aftershocks.
“To immediately look into the welfare of the public education sector, among other sectors, with serious questions on the integrity of public school buildings, the trauma suffered by both teachers and students alike and their safety above all, and on the resumption of classes, an emergency meeting was called for by Governor Matugas, inviting DepEd 13 Acting Director Eclar along with all School Division Superintendents and other DepEd officials in the afternoon of February 17, 2017,” the SP resolution said.
The council said Eclar’s failure to heed the invitation on “flimsy reason” that she was too busy was a smack of arrogance and indifference to the plight of Surigaonons.
“Director Eclar did not heed the invitation on the flimsy reason that she was busy when asked by Governor Matugas of her absence and even failed to personally coordinate with the local chief executive of the province of Surigao del Norte on matters relating to issues and concerns of the public education sector within the jurisdictional responsibility of Governor Matugas,” the SP resolution said.
“The attitude of Eclar in the light of the predicament of the province, and despite the marching order of His Excellency President Duterte and DepEd Secretary Leonor Briomes during their visit in the province, bespeaks of her arrogance and indifference to the plight of Surigaonons thus renders her attitude undesirable,” the SP resolution added. By YUC