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DepEd: P3.61 B needed for reconstruction, rehabilitation of damaged schools

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The Department of Education (DepEd) estimates that it will need a budget of P3.613 billion for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of schools damaged by Typhoon Rolly.

In a situation report on Thursday, the education bureau’s DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) noted that P2.65 billion would be needed for the reconstruction costs and P955 million for the repair costs. 1,033 schools had been totally damaged across Luzon and Visayas. 1,911 schools suffered partial damage while 3,701 suffered minor damage.

The DRRMS will be sending engineers to assess the extent of the damage and determine the specific spending needed. Teaching and non-teaching personnel will also be sent to provide students and school staff with psychological first aid.

Earlier, in a Laging Handa report, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones shared that the department had already requested funds from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC). Briones also cautioned schools against using schools as evacuation centers and instead use facilities such as general-purpose buildings or gymnasiums.

Photo: Facebook/DepEd Philippines


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