THE teachers in Marawi City failed to hold classes on Tuesday after the provincial governor threatened to deduct an amount from their salaries if they failed to attend the provincial sortie of Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II, a Division Superintendent said.
“The provincial governor, Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong, on Sunday told the other OIC Superintendent of Marawi City, Pharida Sansarona, that the teachers need to attend [the visit of Secretary Mar Roxas] in the Provincial Capitol Gymnasium because if they failed to attend, they would be marked absent,” Mona Macatanong, Marawi City’s Schools Division Superintendent, told The Standard in a phone interview.
“We were mad. We teachers should be non-partisan but they forced us to go here,” Macatanong said.
She said that, with all the teachers in Marawi City compelled by the provincial government to attend Roxas’ sortie in the province, “more or less, we had more than 10 big schools in the provincial capitol that were closed yesterday.”
“No students was able to attend classes in the morning,” Macatanong said.
Roxas, who visited the Muslim-dominated province on Tuesday, had a series of meetings and consultations and was bestowed the Medal of Honor and the title of Datu by the Federation of the Royal Sultanate of Lanao del Sur in an enthronement ceremony.
He was also made an adopted son of Lanao del Sur.
After the ceremony, Roxas met with village officials and sectoral leaders and residents of Lanao del Sur in the jampacked capitol gymnasium in Marawi. Over 4,000 people from the province’s 39 municipalities attended the event.
Macatanong, who was replaced by Marawi Assistant Schools Division Supt. Pharina Sansarona last Sunday, said “more than 500 teachers in Marawi City were not able to receive their salaries from January to March of 2015.”
She said their Performance Based Bonus for last year were being held by the DepEd’s regional office for ARMM.