Teachers wish for better road condition in far-flung Cagayan brgys

Published December 20, 2020, 9:33 AM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

CAGAYAN – Teachers of students in Zinundungan Valley in the town of Rizal here have a common Christmas wish this year – that the road leading to Barangays Masi, San Juan, and Rizal be rehabilitated to allow for faster  and more comfortable travel.

SACRIFICE OF TEACHERS – During the rainy season, teachers of Illuru National High School in Illuru Norte, Rizal, Cagayan have to walk through a rough and muddy road just to retrieve modules of students living in the remote village of Sitio Tallat, Barangay Masi in the so-called Zinundungan Valley. (Photo courtesy of James Massalang Jurado)

“Sana po mas mabilis ang pagsasaayos ng daan para mas mabilis ang transportasyong ng mga tao at pati na din kaming mga guro (We’re hoping that the rehabilitation of the road be fast-tracked so that the people, and us, teachers, will be able to travel faster to these areas),” teacher Stive Lagua told The Manila Bulletin.

Residents, as well as teachers, have had to walk for hours to reach these far-flung barangays of Rizal town because the road, made of gravel, could not be used by motor vehicles.

The teachers of Illuru National High School, in particular, have had to walk for several kilometers, carrying loads of modules and summative tests at least once a week just to facilitate the education of their students in these barangays.

“Obligado na ihatid at kunin ang modules dahil sa panahon ng pandemic (We are obligated to deliver and retrieve the modules because of the pandemic,” Lagua added.

Worse, if the weather does not cooperate, the teachers’ ordeal is made more difficult, or they couldn’t travel at all.

“Depende din sa weather pag malakas ang ulan hindi  na kami nakaka-travel (It also depends on the weather. If it rains, we can’t travel),“ he added.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar announced in 2019 that better road connection in Zinundungan Valley will be serviceable soon with the upgrade of the 3.1-kilometer gravel road.