PASIG CITY, August 5, 2019 – The Department of Education (DepEd) laments the passing of five teachers from the Western Visayas Region who died when three motor boats capsized yesterday, August 4, in the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait.

DepEd extends its sincerest condolences to the bereaved families of four teachers from Lambunao National High School and one teacher from Agcuyawan Calsada Elementary School, Barotac Nuevo, who all came from Guimaras State University to process their graduate school requirements.

Reports showed that one teacher survived the tragedy.

Officials of the Schools Division of Iloilo immediately travelled to the town of Dumangas to attend to the needs of the victims and their families.

Finally, the Department expresses its wholehearted commitment and calls on its field offices, partners, and stakeholders to ensure that the bereaved families receive adequate support as they go through this difficult time.