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amiel alcantara : may 8 – 74 days ago & 32 days to go, still no change at AGS parking lot

we’re started a countdown,  as of may 8:

  • it has been  74  days since amiel alcantara’s tragic death at the ateneo parking lot
  • and just 32  days till start of the new school year 

 

and what do we have so far?

  • short survey – too little, too late
  • no updates or announcement on the work of the so called Multi-Stakeholder Committee that was supposed to develope safety measures at the parking lot
  • no infrastructure construction work has been done at the AGS parking lot
  • with no changes, the parking lot awaits it’s next victim

and yet at the ateneo grade school, our sons are automatically and quickly penalized if homeworks are not submitted on time or no homework is submitted. when our sons are late in submitting or do not submit homeworks, their grades for sure will suffer and can even get a failing mark.

AGS does not practice what it preaches? 

the AGS has not learned a lesson from amiel’s death?

  1. ateneo mom
    April 26, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Time surely flew by so fast, half of summer vacation is over. What I observed during the enrollment last week was the survey given out to the parents. The survey was drafted by the Multi-Stakeholder Committee and consisted of around 5 questions ( if I remember correctly). My impression of the survey was that it doesn’t really say anything about the physical improvements that should have been done by now. In fact that survey should have been done before the end of the schoolyear, for whatever purpose it will serve.

    I think the reason why Ateneo has been slow on making any concrete actions is because the pressure on them to do so has not been that great. How can they be pressured when parents continue to enroll their sons despite the dangers that lurk in those driveways / parking lots? It does not bother them that we parents have negative comments because we still patronize the school anyway…

    To the Ateneo administration, I just want to say that even if I continue to enroll my only son in your school it does not mean that I am confident in the safety of my son while he is there. Please prove that I am wrong to feel worried about the coming schoolyear. Please prove that I am wrong to doubt the ideals that the school stands for. And lastly please prove that you are not only after the millions of profit that you gain from the thousands of students enrolled by their parents each year but are also genuinely concerned about their welfare and safety while in your care.

    • martin segovia
      April 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

      @ateneo mom:

      think the reason why Ateneo has been slow on making any concrete actions is because the pressure on them to do so has not been that great. How can they be pressured when parents continue to enroll their sons despite the dangers that lurk in those driveways / parking lots? It does not bother them that we parents have negative comments because we still patronize the school anyway…

      that makes me very sad. while i am reluctant to believe what you said, based on what has not been happening at that parking lot, it looks like you are correct about that.

      it makes me sad as i think ateneo admin lives inside a bubble – they have misunderstood, they have under-estimated the sentiments of parents. that is truly sad as the parents are the 2nd most affected among all the stakeholders at the ateneo.

      the first stakeholders are our sons, they afre the ones who can die at that parking lot, the second is us, the parents since it is our sons who can die there.

      i an deeply disappointed with ateneo.

  2. ateneo mom
    May 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I just got the 2009-2010 car sticker this week and I noted that a separate sheet was asked to be signed aside from the usual application for the sticker. The sheet states that I understood the traffic/parking rules and regulations of the Ateneo and that upon entering the campus I automatically agree to follow those regulations and pay the corresponding fines when I violate any of them. Then another sheet was handed out which contained the new traffic/parking rules and regulations. Though the print was quite microscopic for me, I read through it and found that they even included how the new traffic signs would appear and what they meant.

    One of the questions that I had in mind was regarding the speed limit. It said 30 kph along the driveways and 10kph in the parking lots. Will the guards be able to tell if a vehicle was moving above the limits? And even in Amiel’s case, only in the courts will the speed of Torres van be determined because it has already snuffed out an innocent boy’s life.

    I know Ateneo is trying to appear to be more strict by coming out with this minor changes but what we need is a physical and / or structural development that will once and for all separate the students from the moving vehicles.

    • May 1, 2009 at 12:42 pm

      will try to get a copy of those documents and post it here. i hope this ateneo mom who supplies this blog of these things read this.

      i have a suspicion ateneo thinks it’s enough to solve the safety issues at the ateneo with higher traffic fines.

      the fact is there are traffic rules in place when that ateneo mom driver pinned amiel to the back of the CRV that caused his death moments after.

      the truth is higher traffic fines and stricter traffic rules become useful only on litigation, but its not much of a deterrent on traffic accidents. the solution is physical barriers and smart space design. i agree with you on that.

      • ateneo mom
        May 2, 2009 at 2:21 am

        I’ll try to scan the sheets this weekend (if you haven’t received a copy from other sources yet) just let me know where to email them. Thanks…

        • May 2, 2009 at 10:45 am

          thanks for the offer. have not received a copy from the ateneo mom who usually sends me copies.

          please email to wawam.email@gmail.com

  3. claire mont
    May 3, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Were safety experts consulted by the AGS multi-stakeholder committee ? Ateneo parents should get more involved about the matter and not just leave everything to the committee. Or are most of them just indifferent ? Kawawa talaga si Amiel !

    • mona
      May 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm

      who are the members of the committee? are they safety experts? i think our children’s safety deserve nothing less.

      • May 3, 2009 at 11:55 pm

        aside from the announcement that the school formed a “multi-stakeholder committee”, no other annnouncements or information were released by the school. nobody knows who are the members of the committee.

  4. May 3, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    i don’t think ateneo consulted safety experts. no changes have been done at the parking lot, it can only mean they did not consult any professionals or experts on safety. if they did, i am certain they will recommend changes.

    maybe ateneo is trying to save money? never mind that the safety of children are at stake at the parking lot.

  5. elaine
    May 5, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    how can the members of the multi-stakholder committee come up with anything good when non of them are experts on safety?

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