The Department of Education (DepEd) will request additional funding for the reconstruction, repair, and rehabilitation of schools that were damaged during the onslaught of super typhoon “Rolly.”
DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla confirmed that the agency will send a request to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for additional funds to address the needs of schools that were damaged by “Rolly” which is considered the strongest storm in the country, so far.
“We will request for additional funding from the NDRMMC Fund,” Sevilla told the Manila Bulletin. She said the P2 billion Quick Response Fund (QRF) under the 2020 General Appropriations Act (GAA) “has been exhausted” already.
Based on data from its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) as of Nov. 5, DepEd reported that there are 1,033 schools damaged in 41 divisions under the National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos (Region I), Cagayan Valley (Region II), Central Luzon (Region III), CALABARZON (Region IV-A), MIMAROPA (Region IV-B), Bicol (Region V)and Eastern Visayas (Region VIII.)
Of this number, DepEd said that there are 1,063 classrooms that were totally damaged; 1,911 with major partial damages; and 3,701 with partial minor damages.
DepEd DRMMS said the estimated total cost for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged schools is P3.613 billion. Of this amount, P2.65 billion is the estimated cost for reconstruction while P955 million is the estimated cost needed for rehabilitation and repair.
Sevilla confirmed the report from DRMMS team. However, she clarified that these are initial reports. “We will request for the ‘validated need,” she added.
“The cost in the report is just the initial report from the field, the engineering team will validate this and draft a program of work,” Sevilla said.
Sevilla also explained that the the figures, particularly for the costs based on the Rapid Assessment of Damages Reports (RADaR), were submitted via SMS by School DRRM Coordinators to the DRRMS within 72 hours after the typhoon. “The reconstruction and rehabilitation costs are still subject to validation and detailed assessment of engineers,” she said.
Aside from infrastructure damages, the DepEd also reported non-infrastructure damages in 26 divisions under eight regions. So far, a total of 381 schools reported 18, 078 damaged school furniture; 122, 783 damaged learning materials; and 6, 121 damaged computer sets.
In January this year, Sevilla said the backlog for calamity-affected schools has been piling up. As of November, 2019, she noted that DepEd already has a backlog recorded at P10-billion and after another round of inventory, it has reached a “P20-billion backlog.”