The City government is questioning the authority of school administrators of the Palawan National School (PNS) who recently ordered the dismantling of the seating area of a public waiting shed located outside the school’s main gate.
Appearing at session of the City Council Monday, PNS principal Dr. Eduardo Santos, justified their move saying the waiting shed has become a hangout of the gay community especially at late nights and has been causing a disturbance in the school.
“They don’t use that as sitting area. They would lie down there and create noise throughout the night. Early mornings, our security guard would notice garbage and liquor bottles scattered around,” he said.
Some councilors pointed out that the waiting shed was not a property of the school and was constructed by the provincial government, and that authorities should have coordinated first with local government before dismantling the facility.
“Did it not come to your mind that you have to check first who constructed that waiting shed?” Councilor Nesario Awat said.
Santos apologized to the Council but maintained that their decision was made “because of the urgency of the situation” to protect the interest of their students.
“If that’s a violation against those people who constructed that waiting shed, and if my action elicited a negative response from all of you, I’m so sorry because we need to take an immediate solution as we can’t compromise our learners’ welfare,” Santos said.
He added that the waiting shed’s location is still part of the school site development plan, giving them the right to decide over its proper use to the best interest of their students.
Santos said he already extended his apologies personally to the provincial government and also sought assistance from the City Mayor’s Office to finally transfer the waiting shed in another area where its use would be maximized.
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