the good that has come up from Amiel Alcantara’s tragic death
a dad who is not from ateneo and whose son does not study at the ateneo read about the tragic death of Amiel. like most of us, when he got home, he hugged his son tight while his tears fell as he re-focussed his heart and mind on the meaning of fatherhood and the sadness of amiel’s tragic death.
he posted his thoughts in this blog and other blogs, click here: https://wawam.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/dear-mr-mrs-jose-alcantara-and-family-dear-amile/#comments look for the comment of Ryan Canlas.
this dad wrote his son’s school, Lourdes School Of Mandaluyong (LSM) about his fears and his desire to improve things at LSM and help ensure what happened to amiel does not happen in his son’s school. he also got the other parents of LSM involved and parent yahoogroups.
well, the school officials of LSM responded positively – this dad and other parents of LSM will meet soon with school oficials of LSM to mop out how they can change and improve things for the better at LSM.
reply of LSM school official:
Yap, and we have re-assessment of our safety management system here and are really being more vigilant in terms of securing our children and if you notice, so much has been improved in our parking area, school bus area has been separated, there’s a required drop off point within the parking area, a maximum speed of 5 kph only within the parking area, and we have even placed a pedestrian lane along San Miguel avenue (as for shaw and saint francis, I am not so sure if it is still our responsibility but I’m tying to knock on Ortigas Center Association and MMDA) All that matters to prevent such similar occurence is the religious compliance of all persons driving their cars inside our parking perimeter, to humble themselves and comply with all our rules and no such similar incident will happen. You see, since we started out in revising all our parking area policies, complete with all signages, for years, thank God, we did not have any incident of vehicle related accident in the parking area at sana’y wala na ngang mangyari. GOD BLESS!Sir Rico DG
email of Ryan Canlas announcing he and other parents will meet with LSM school officials to mop up ways to improve safety for LSM boys.
Thank you for the prompt actions and attentions given to my appeal. I appreciate the effort and all the positive responses. It is only now that I was able to read emails from some of my non-office email accounts since aside from the recent appeal I have for the safety of our children especially at LSM where I have a 9-year old son in Grade 4, I am also quite busy with my work and with my advocacy of helping people especially those laid off from their jobs recently due to the recession as an after-office past-time.
Thanks to Al Amoranto and the others. I have received already an invitation from Mr. Enrico De Guzman and I intend to meet him just to ensure that concerns such as those I have raised are addressed. I live just across the street and to this day, I see several risks and threats from students crossing St. Francis Street and Shaw Blvd. on their way home during dismissal time in the midst of cars passing by.
We need not have another innocent AMIEL to put effort in addressing this. I know that there are several LSM ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS and PARENTS-TEACHERS ASSOCIATIONS that annually sponsors school activities and enhancement projects. I believe that instead of focusing on the aesthetics, we can now start putting attention to projects geared towards improving security and safety.
The school alone much like Mr. Enrico De Guzman who is the Chief Security Officer of cannot do all these; we need to help as well. This need not be an expensive effort as we too can do our own part by ensuring discipline and patience as we drive anywhere especially near schools and residential zones. We also need to be supportive of projects aiming to push for similar endeavours.
As for the school officials, we can delegate an extra job for the security guard manning the gates to watch over students going out and crossing the streets where he can coordinate with MMDA and Ortigas Police for additional assistance on peak hours. I see it fit that we put up a unified voice in having someone from the MMDA or Ortigas Police to manage the traffic as the corner of St. Francis Street and Shaw Boulevard is already considered a crossing. We may need a signage, a pedestrian lane or personnel who will simply assist pedestrians to cross the street and signal a STOP sign to all motorists.
Emerald Avenue was given its overpass facility to safeguard employees; I do not think that we cannot do this as well at St. Francis or perhaps along Shaw Boulevard at the corner of San Miguel Avenue since we need to safeguard more our students. Well, I am sure that all of us have our own sets of suggestions but then again, we need to help one another in having all these materialize.
Amidst all these, we also need to educate our househelp and our kids to safety. To end, I am happy with all the positive responses.. I do hope that in the days to come, improvement in safety and security is attained so we parents can work worry-free of our children at school. Thank you and have a nice weekend to all!
Regards,RYAN ERICSON G. CANLAS