DepEd needs ₱3.6 B to rebuild 1,033 schools damaged by ‘Rolly’

Published November 5, 2020, 2:00 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) needs at least P3.6 billion to reconstruct and rehabilitate more than 1,000 schools damaged by Super-typhoon “Rolly.”


The DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS), in a situation report as of Thursday, showed that there are 1,033 schools damaged in 41 divisions in the National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas. DepEd said that there were 1,063 totally damaged classrooms; 1,911 partially damaged classrooms (major); and 3,701 partially damaged classrooms (minor).

DepEd said that the estimated total cost for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged schools is P3.613 billion – P2.65 billion for reconstruction and P955 million for repair or rehabilitation.

Aside from infrastructure damage, DepEd also reported non-infrastructure damage in 26 divisions in eight regions.

A total of 381 schools reported 18, 078 damaged school furniture; 122, 783 damaged learning materials; and 6, 121 damaged computer sets.

DepEd said that classes on all levels remain suspended in Catanduanes and Legazpi City.

Classes are currently suspended in 324 schools, affecting 120, 916 enrollees.

DepEd also reported that there are 598 schools or 3,516 classrooms in 31 divisions in the NCR and Regions 2, 3, 4-A, 4-B, 5, and 8 that are being used as evacuation centers.

These ECs are temporary shelters to 15, 714 families or 62, 088 individuals, of which 10, 912 of which are learners.

In the aftermath of Rolly, DepEd said that its DRRMS will deploy trained teaching and non-teaching personnel to provide Psychological First Aid together with Evacuation Cluster Partners and other partners to affected students and personnel.

DepEd said that it will also continue to deploy necessary response interventions for the affected areas.

DepEd engineers and DRRMS coordinators will also be mobilized to the affected areas to conduct the detailed assessment of infrastructure and non-infrastructure damages for the purpose of determining the cost of rehabilitation and recovery interventions.

Roads cleared

As this developed, all national roads in Albay and Camarines Sur were already cleared as of Thursday while three roads in Catanduanes remained impassable, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar declared that all national roads in Albay and Camarines Sur are already passable as DPWH Regional Office 5 and its District Engineering Offices (DEOs) join hands in the massive clearing operations.

However, as of Thursday morning, three national roads in the typhoonhit Catanduanes remain impassable to motorists due to fallen trees and electric posts and landslides.

According to Villar, DPWH quick response teams are still clearing the Catanduanes Circumferential Road, specifically in Barangay Balongbong, Bato Town; Barangay Libod, Pandan Town; Barangay Putting Baybay, San Andres Town; and some intermittent sections in the municipality of San Miguel and San Andres.

DPWH is also working on fully opening hardly passable or only onelane passable road sections along the Catanduanes Circumferential Road, from Belmonte, San Andres to Barangay Francia, Virac Town; in Barangay Marinawa, Bato Town; in the municipality of San Miguel; and in San Andres.

The sections of Jct. Bato – Baras Road in the municipality of Bato, and intermittent sections of Baras-Gigmoto-Viga Road in the municipality of Baras are also currently being cleared due to landslides and fallen trees and electric posts.

“We’d like to extend our gratitude to DPWH Sorsogon 1st and 2nd DEOs with their additional manpower and equipment deployed in Albay that allowed us to fast-track the opening of roads affected by the recent supertyphoon,” Villar said.

“We are also looking into augmenting our teams in Catanduanes to expedite our clearing operations in vital areas,” he added.

Rolly’s damage to infrastructure has already reached P5.76 billion.

Assistance from Manila

Meanwhile, the Manila city government donated a thousand sacks of rice to Albay in Bicol region after it was left devastated by Rolly.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso reportedly promised Albay Governor Al Bichara on Sunday night that he will deliver food assistance to the typhoon victims.

At least two trucks carrying the sacks of rice are en route to the province and are expected to arrive at the Albay Provincial Capitol Thursday afternoon, Bicol Headline TV said.