Written by: Jay-ar M. Arante
The decision of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) regarding the problem of the Caticlan Elementary School in Malay is being awaited.
According to Caticlan Elementary School Principal, Antonio Justo Cahilig, only some of the problems experienced by their school are the noise coming from the landing and taking off of airplanes at the airport which is situated right beside the school.
Cahilig said the decision of the management of CAAP is still being awaited regarding the matter and on what is the better alternative so that the studies of children will not be affected.
The Principal added they have heard information from the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malay and the CAAP that the school will be relocated to a place which is far from the airport but there is no clarity on the matter yet.
He also asked for help from the management of TransAir so that the school will be given sliding windows to replace the normal windows of the school, so that the noise brought about by airplanes entering the school’s classrooms, will be minimized.
He further added that there are instances when teachers just have to stop teaching when an airplane lands or takes off at the nearby airport.
For now, the Caticlan’s school is confident that the government of Malay will give attention to their problem for the benefit of their students.
Translated/Edited by: Rodel J. Abalus