DepEd: Rebuilding 1,600 schools damaged by ‘Rolly’ will cost P5.8 B

Published November 10, 2020, 5:07 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

In order to reconstruct and rehabilitate schools that were damaged during the onslaught of super typhoon “Rolly,” the Department of Education (DepEd) estimates that at least P5.8 billion would be needed.  

Residents with their belongings rest at an evacuation center in Legaspi, Albay province, south of Manila on October 31, 2020, ahead of Typhoon Goni’s landfall.

DepEd, citing the report from Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) as Nov. 9, said that there are 1,618 schools damaged in 36 divisions under the National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.  

Initial and partial assessment showed that that there were 1,640 totally-damaged classrooms; 3, 455 partially damaged classrooms (major); and 5, 807 partially damaged classrooms (minor).

The estimated total cost for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged schools is currently at P5.82 billion wherein P4.1 billion is needed for reconstruction while P1.7 billion is needed for repair or rehabilitation.

DepEd also reported non-infrastructure damages in 25 divisions under six regions. A total of 637 schools reported 67, 072 damaged school furniture; 293, 471 damaged learning materials; and 9, 194 damaged computer sets.

Meanwhile, DepEd said that classes in all levels remain suspended in 13 divisions in Region 5. The divisions of Albay, Legaspi City, Ligao City, Tabaco City, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Iriga City, Naga City, Catanduanes, Masbate, Masbate City, Sorsogon and Sorsogon City are implementing class suspension since Nov. 2 and 3.

DepEd said that classes are still suspended in 3,813 schools directly affecting 1,616,670 enrollees.

Likewise, DepEd also reported that there are 329 schools or 1,794 classrooms under 15 divisions in Regions 4A and 5 that are being used as Evacuation Centers (ECs). These ECs serve as temporary shelters to 8,349 families or 33, 674 individuals wherein 679 of which are learners.

DepEd said that its DRRMS will continue to deploy trained teaching and non-teaching personnel to provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) together with Evacuation Cluster Partners and other partners to affected students and personnel. 

“The DRRMS will also continue to deploy necessary response interventions for the affected areas,” DepEd added.