DepEd needs at least P10-B to repair over 3,700 schools damaged by recent typhoons

Published November 21, 2020, 10:54 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) estimates that at least P10 billion is needed in order to reconstruct, rehabilitate or repair more than 3,000 schools that were damaged during the onslaught of typhoons “Rolly” and “Ulysses.”


DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) situation report on “Ulysses” as of Nov. 20 showed that there were 1,799 damaged schools in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) National Capital Region (NCR), Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Bicol.

For “Rolly,” as of Nov. 18, DRRMS also reported that there were 1,982 schools damaged in CAR, NCR, Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V and VIII.

The combined estimated cost for repair, reconstruction or rehabilitation of the 3,781 schools is more than P10.2 billion or P3.6 billion for “Ulysses” and P6.6 billion for “Rolly.”

DepEd clarified the estimated costs are based on the initial data from the Rapid Assessment of Damages Report (RADaR) which are still “subject to validation and detailed assessment.”

Meanwhile, DepEd said that 329 schools in Urdaneta City, Cagayan, Tuguegarao City, Cauayan City, Isabela, Ilagan City, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Santiago City, and Camarines Sur are also flooded due to “Ulysses.”

Classes remain suspended

Based on the available reports, DepEd said that the back-to-back typhoons are affecting 12.8 million enrollees as classes in over 24,000 schools in the battered regions remain suspended.

Due to “Ulysses,” class suspensions are implemented in 20,649 schools affecting 11,273,091 enrollees. A total of 1,616,670 students are also affected by class suspensions in 3,813 schools due to “Rolly.”

DepEd said that there are over 44,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel in schools that reported damages due to “Ulysses.” In schools damaged by “Rolly,” at least 40,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel are also affected.

During the onslaught of “Ulysses,” DepEd said that there is one reported fatality in Nueva Vizcaya. However, the death of the student due to landslide remains for “verification” of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the lead of NDRRMC Management of the Dead and Missing Cluster.

Meanwhile, DepEd reported that there are 602 schools being used as evacuation centers for those who were displaced by the recent typhoons. In the affected regions, 316 schools are being used as evacuation centers due to “Ulysses” while 286 schools are also used by the evacuees due to “Rolly.”