A number of parents of students in Colegio de San Agustin in Makati City are up against the “No Sticker, No Entry” imposed by the Dasmariñas Village Association on vehicles, saying the policy led to the suffering of students who are forced to walk and exposed to dangers going to school.
“What if something happened to our child or if there’s an emergency?” said one concerned parent, who requested anonymity.
“My child carries a heavy backpack so walking to school is an additional burden for him,” another parent stated.
Officials of the village association could not be reached at presstime. CSA is located on Palm Avenue inside Dasmariñas Village, one of the affluent neighborhoods near Makati’s central business district.
The parents claimed they have to leave their homes around 4 a.m. so their children would not be late for school, as they were diverted by DVA’s security guards to the Lumbang Gate, where traffic is heavy in the early morning hours.
They said the situation also contributed to the traffic congestion in the areas of Magallanes Avenue and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.
“Our children are already tired even before school starts,” the parents added.
Other parents complained about the alleged rude and arrogant behavior of DVA security personnel.
In August 2017, the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, through Arbiter Joselito Melchor, issued a cease and desist order to stop the DVA from implementing the policy and other unreasonable restrictions against CSA-bound vehicles of students, parents, teachers, school staff and guests.
According to the parents, however, and based on the CSA timeline report from the school’s legal counsel, the DVA continues to implement the policy, totally ignoring the HLURB’s immediate effectivity of the Order.
They said DVA should be cited for contempt and be penalized with the corresponding penalty fees and confinement without compromise, especially because of the hardships DVA has put on the school and its student body for more than six months.