DepEd continues to monitor abandoned, damaged school buildings

Published March 26, 2021, 8:18 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

While schools remain closed due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) continues to monitor its school buildings in public schools – especially those that were damaged or abandoned.

(Photo from Alain Pascua Facebook)

Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua, during his visit in Negros Oriental last week, stressed that DepEd “needs to spearhead the construction of educational facilities.”

This, after inspecting some of the abandoned classrooms of ‘Last Mile Schools” in Guihob Elementary School and Linothangan Elementary School in La Libertad and Canlaos, respectively.

Pascua also expressed the DepEd’s commitment to “repair the said abandoned classrooms this year.” 

Meanwhile, Pascua was also in-charge of inspecting four calamity-resilient school buildings in Masulug National High School and two in Malaiba High School.

Along with Education Facilities Division (EFD) Chief Annabelle Pangan and other Division Engineers, Pascua examined calamity-proof school buildings in Masulug and Malaiba.

The Bayawan National High School – Junior Division, meanwhile, showcased its mini farm used for teaching animal production, crop production for Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE). 

During his visit, Pascua also represented Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in the ribbon cutting and the ceremonial turn-over of the P24.5 million worth of two 3-story buildings with 18 classrooms in West City Elementary School in Dumaguete City.