Parents urged to check dorm's emergency exits

Posted at 05/31/14 11:45 AM

MANILA – Emergency exits must also be on top of the list of parents who are looking for the right dormitory for their children in Metro Manila.

"Di lang po dapat tingnan yung kwarto, yung uri ng silid o banyo, pati ho yung fire escape dapat tingan po yan," said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino.

When selecting for the right dormitory, Tolentino said parents usually first consider the price and then the accessibility of the place to their children's school.

"Maglalakad pa ba ito? Magpe-pedicab? Magta-tricycle lalo na pag umuulan? Pero di po natitingnan saan ba fire escape dito? Naka-padlock ba ito? Ito po ay sa mga kolehiyo lalo na yung sa may Sampaloc area, Legarda, dito po sa Morayta," said Tolentino.

The MMDA chief gave his tip as college classes will soon open in the latter part of June. He said some universities have opted to move their school opening to July and August.

On Monday, the MMDA will deploy 1,600 of its personnel to compliment the 2,500 policemen of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) who will assist public elementary and high school students on the first day of their classes.

"Ngayon po naghahabol po tayo sa pagpipintura sa pedestrian lane ng mga eskwelahan. Di po namin dati trabaho ito pero idinagdag na rin," he explained.

Also on Monday, Tolentino revealed that the Pasig River ferry system will start implementing the 20 percent discount to students.

"Maasahan nyo po na yung inter-agency, DepEd (Department of Education), NCRPO, MMDA nakatutok po yan. Pero dapat yung tutok natin everyday po hanggang graduation. Di lamang alerto tayo ng first day. Dapat diretso po ito katulong yung mga barangay officials," he said. -- With dzMM