14 schools damaged in magnitude 6.0 Davao de Oro quake: DepEd 

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Fourteen schools were reported to have sustained damages in the aftermath of the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Davao de Oro early this week, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday, Feb. 3, said.

Citing data from Education Cluster Updates - Region 11, DepEd said that 14 schools were damaged as of Feb. 2.

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DepEd added that the estimated cost of reconstruction and rehabilitation of these 14 schools is P7 million.

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Davao de Oro and other areas on Feb. 1 according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

During disasters, DepEd said that distance learning modalities will be implemented by the schools to ensure learning continuity among students in the affected areas.

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“Ang protocol po natin is that Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM) or distance learning muna ang mga learners affected by schools with infrastructure damage, para hindi maantala ang pag-aaral. (Our protocol is that Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM) or distance learning will be implemented for the learners enrolled in schools with infrastructure damage so that learning will not be affected),” DepEd Spokesman told reporters in a Viber message.

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“Then provision of temporary learning spaces for schools with major infrastructure damages, while being repaired,” Poa added.

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During the Basic Education Report (BER) 2023 launch on Jan. 30, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte pointed out that “the lack of school infrastructure and resources to support the ideal teaching process is the most pressing issue pounding the Philippine basic education,”



Based on DepEd’s latest inventory, Duterte said that 104,536 out of the 327,851 school buildings in the country buildings “are in good condition.”

Duterte also noted that “among the significant roadblocks to our education infrastructure program are earthquakes, typhoons, landslides, flooding, and even armed conflicts.”