Teacher in Cagayan island climbs mountain just to get internet signal

Published May 28, 2021, 2:04 PM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

PHOTO shared by teacher George Agarpao, officer-in-charge of the Sitio Bubog Elementary School in Barangay Fuga, Aparri, Cagayan, with the Cagayan Provincial Information Office shows him attending an online meeting while sitting on a tree for a better signal.
APARRI, Cagayan – Weak internet signal has forced a teacher-in-charge of an elementary school in far-flung Fuga Island here to climb a mountain just to attend a virtual management committee meeting.

Cagayan Provincial Information Office reported Friday that teacher George Agarpao, officer-in-charge of the Sitio Bubog Elementary School in Barangay Fuga, has been doing this several times.

According to Agarpao, he has to climb a mountain overlooking the ocean to pick up a signal to enable him to attend virtual summons or online meeting.

He then has to sit on a tree to get a better signal as the meeting starts.

Agarpao said he has to make a sacrifice every time they hold a meeting as there is no telecommunication signal in the four elementary schools in the island-barangay.

A photo shared by Agarpao with the Cagayan Provincial Information Office showed him sitting on a tree while attending a virtual management committee meeting of SDS Cagayan.

Agarpao is optimistic that their situation in Cagayan will improve with the help of the national government.

Fuga Island is in Northern Luzon and part of the Babuyan archipelago. The Philippine Navy is building a naval station on the island.

 
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