DepEd central office releases initial P3M for repair of classrooms in Central Visayas

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THE Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd 7) has started the distribution of financial assistance amounting to P3 million for the immediate repair of some classrooms damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai).

DepEd 7 Director Salustiano Jimenez told SunStar Cebu that the central office had so far downloaded P3 million, immediately four days after the typhoon hit the region.

As of Jan. 7, 2022, Jimenez said they were able to give financial assistance to schools for the repair of 250 to 300 destroyed classrooms in Cebu.

Jimenez said P5,000 is allocated for each classroom damaged by the typhoon, which hit Cebu on the evening of Dec. 16, 2021.

The regional director said that as of Jan. 6, at least 6,219 public school classrooms had been affected by the typhoon. Estimates to the damage were P2 billion.

Of the number, 719 classrooms were destroyed, 500 need renovation and another 5,000 classrooms need minor repairs.

Jimenez urged all the school divisions to hasten the accounting of damage to classrooms so that they may receive the assistance as soon as possible.

He said the data is crucial as this would the basis in the allocation of funding from the central office and distribution of assistance.

While the number of damaged classrooms is expected to increase, Jimenez said every reported classroom may be given allocation, but he stressed that it would still depend on the budget.

Jimenez said the Philippine Association of Schools (PSA) have also been receiving donations that will be given to the affected schools and teachers. He welcomed the PSA move, saying it would help the DepEd in its rehabilitation efforts of affected classrooms.

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