February 21, 2017
Bam files resolution to look into field trips
A lawmaker wants to look into the field trip accident that left 15 people dead to craft a better guidelines regarding educational tours and make out-of-school activities safer for students.
"Gusto nating alamin ang nangyari at pangalawa, kung anong reporma ang kailangang gawin upang mas maging ligtas ang out-of-school activities sa ating mga kabataan," said Sen. Bam Aquino, chairman of the Committee on Education, as he filed Senate Resolution No. 297, calling for a probe on the accident.
"We agree in general na mahalaga ang ganitong activities but it must be done in a safe environment na alam nating ligtas ang mga kabataan natin," he added.
Sen. Bam said the committee probe will focus on reforms that must be implemented to ensure that there will be no repeat of such incident that cost the lives of 13 students, a teacher and the bus driver.
The senator will also invite representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd) to discuss regulations regarding field trips in elementary and high schools.
The senator also expressed support behind the planned investigation of the Commission on Higher Education and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on the matter.
Fifteen people, including 13 students and a teacher from Bestlink College, died when the bus they were riding met an accident in Tanay, Rizal.
According to initial investigation, the students were en-route to a medical and survival training for their National Service Training Program subject when the bus lost its brakes while traversing a curved highway before hitting a electrical post and a tree.
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