The families of two pucbic school teachers who tragically died in a highway crash last Saturday will be receiving financial aid from the Department of Education – South Cotabato and the local government units of Alamada and Kabacan. The victims of the deadly crash have been identified as educators Melania Iglesia and Tohane Macalipat, both faculty of Kabacan National High School (KNHS).
DepEd North Cotabato superintendent Dr Omar Obas said that the financial assistance, though the amount remains undisclosed, is enough to provide for the deceased and their families a proper burial service and cover other expenses related to the victim’s sudden passing.
The fatal incident happened as the teachers were returning home to Kabacan from the Alamada National High School where a provincial student leader’s seminar was held. The seminar ended on Saturday morning.
Iglesia and Macalipat accompanied some 40 students to the seminar, but decided on the way home to take a detour to the nearby Asik-Asik Falls in Barangay Dado. The Isuzu Elf which the educators were aboard, which was driven by Joge Fajardo, malfunctioned at some point during this side trip, causing the vehicle to turn upside down.
Iglesia, who was 3 months pregnant at the time of her death, passed at the scene of the accident. Macalipat passed away from his injuries as he underwent treatment at the nearby Cotabato Regional Medical Center, where he was brought after the incident.
A special committee has been formed within the school division to probe the incident and create guidelines to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.
All off campus activities for both public and private elementary and high schools have been suspended across the region, per the order of Dr. Allan Farnazo, DepEd-12 regional director.