PASIG CITY, July 19, 2019 – The Department of Education (DepEd) extends its sincerest condolences to the bereaved families of eight learners who died in a road accident today in Boljoon, Cebu.

Initial reports state that one parent was also confirmed dead.

A total of 39 learners from Nangka and San Antonio Elementary Schools, together with two parents and two teachers, were on their way to a district athletic meet on board a mini dump truck which suddenly lost its brakes and fell into a ravine.

The Regional Director immediately instructed the Schools Division Superintendent of Cebu Province to personally visit the site and attend to the needs of the victims who were brought to the neighboring district hospitals in Boljoon, Vincente Sotto, Carcar, and Oslob. Twelve learners with minor bruises have been allowed to go home.

The Regional Office also issued a memorandum to its field units to appeal for financial assistance to the victims.

DepEd calls on its partner government agencies and local government units to ensure the safety of roads and vehicles to avoid similar incidents. It likewise reminds its own officials to always prioritize the safety of learners, especially in activities that require them to travel outside of school premises.