• Senator wants moratorium on field trips after tragedy


    Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd wants the Senate to look into the death of seven students of the Bulacan State University (BSU) who drowned in a river in San Miguel, Bulacan, during an educational field trip last week.

    The senator over the weekend at the same time urged school authorities to observe a moratorium on field trips while investigations are ongoing to determine the integrity of so-called tour operators.

    Pimentel said the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture should look into the Bulacan incident and inquire into the practice of schools and universities requiring students to go on field trips that sometimes end in disaster.

    He also wants to know the importance of such outdoor activities, the safety measures and precautions being undertaken by school authorities concerned and the tour operators and the cost of such field trips.

    The senator said he will invite BSU officials to shed light on the matter and determine if there were violations committed on the part of the university when it allowed the students to go on a field trip.

    Pimentel will also summon the owners of a private tour company contracted for the field trip, saying there may have been lapses by tour guides who accompanied the students.


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