By Ben Serrano
A school principal in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur was electrocuted Saturday afternoon after she accidentally touched a live wire inside premises of Ormaca Elementary School, a police official said.
Chief Inspector Sandro Santillan, chief of police of San Francisco town, identified the victim as Josie Dela Cruz, 61, resident of Purok 3, Barangay Ormaca.
Santillan, told Caraga News Courier that based on initial police investigation, Cruz was assisting Brigada Eskwela’ volunteers by sweeping school premises when she accidentally touched a live electricity wire she mistook as part of the waste/garbage.
The victim’s colleague teachers immediately brought her to a local hospital but was pronounced dead by hospital authorities upon arrival, Santillan said.
Dela Cruz was so far the first casualty pubic school official who died while implementing Brigada Eskwela 2017 with this year’s theme as “Isang Dep-Ed Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan Para sa Handa at LIGTAS na Paaralan”.
Brigada is the National School’s Maintenance Week that aims to bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, efforts and resources to prepare public schools facilities ready for the opening of the school year by June 5, 2017.