DepEd to replace learning materials damaged by typhoons

Published November 16, 2020, 10:16 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday assured that the learning materials damaged by the recent typhoons will be replaced to ensure that the education of affected students will continue.


DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla told reporters that the data on damaged self-learning modules (SLMs) are being collated from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) so that funds will be released to replace or reproduce these.
“We are collating the report from our DRMMS team on the damaged learning resources and DepEd Central office thru Finance will release additional funds for them to replace/reproduce damaged SLMs,” Sevilla said.
Sevilla explained that the DepEd CO has identified funding sources for the replacement of damaged SLMs. “We are ready to download/supplement the financial resources of DepEd regions and schools division offices affected by the recent calamities,” she added.
The DepEd Central Office, Sevilla said, has already downloaded some funds for the SLMs. “We will continue to download funds to affected regions/SDOs to cover conduct of clean-ups and psychosocial aid and provision of hygiene kits,” she added.
Asked if DepEd has identified which schools or areas need SLM replacement, Sevilla said that the list is still “being validated by our DRRMS and bureau of learning resources (BLR) teams.”
Meanwhile, Sevilla said that DepEd is also considering digital copies but only for areas, regions, divisions, schools that are certified by the Regional Directors (RDs) to be “needing such” and in compliance with the contextualized Basic Education -Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) of the schools.
Sevilla said that guidelines allowing procurement of USB or gadget using downloaded or transferred funds for BE-LCP learning resources have also been released early this month.
Based on the data obtained by the Manila Bulletin from  DRRMS Director Ronilda Co, the total number of damaged materials due to “Rolly” and “Ulysses” has reached 608, 990.  
Based on the partial data gathered by DRRMS as of Nov. 15, DepEd said that Super Typhoon “Rolly” has damaged 412,515 learning materials in CAR, NCR, Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, and V. Typhoon “Ulysses,” on the other hand, damaged 196,475 learning materials in CAR, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.
DepEd said that classes remain suspended in 3,813 schools in Region 5 due to “Rolly” which directly affects 1, 616, 670 enrollees. Meanwhile, classes in 20, 941 schools in eight affected regions are suspended due to “Ulysses” affecting 11,900, 260 enrollees.
It was reported that as of Nov. 15, there are 759 schools currently used as Evacuation Centers (ECs) due to “Rolly” and “Ulysses.”
In Bicol and Mimaropa, DepEd said that there are 329 schools or 1, 794 classrooms used by 8, 349 families or 33, 674 individuals wherein 679 of which are learners in the aftermath of “Rolly.”
In “Ulysses”-affected areas, DepEd said there are 430 schools or 14, 844 classrooms used as ECs by 1,935 families or 56, 676 individuals wherein 7, 898 of which are learners.