THE Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Carmel Development Inc. (CDI) from barring Manila Electric Company (Meralco) from restoring electricity in two public schools after a month-long disruption.
Caloocan City RTC Branch 232 Judge Rosalia Hipolito-Bunagan issued the TRO on Sept. 10, days after Parents and Teachers’ Association representatives Reynaldo Oflash and Esther Dacanay of Pangarap Elementary School and Pangarap High School located in Bgys. 181 and 182, filed a petition for TRO and writ of preliminary injunction.
Monsoon rains damaged an electric post along a national highway in mid-August, resulting in power outage in the area.
Since then, the two barangays with 33,000 residents have been without electric power and water supplies.
In her order, Judge Bunagan cited the relative inconvenience being experienced by the students due to lack of power supply.
“The right to education is curtailed by the lack of power supply in the classrooms. There is imperative necessity to restore the electric cables destroyed naturally by torrential rains, because the students cannot be hampered on attending scheduled classes to achieve quality education,” the order reads.
“Any act of hindrance and obstruction for Meralco to immediately perform the essential repair on electric cable shall further delay the right of students. All told, grave ang irreparable injury would result to innocent students if the electric power will not be supplied and restored to Pangarap Elementary School and Pangarap High School,” the order added.
Restoring power to the schools will automatically restore power to the two barangays.