P150M damage to Central Visayas schools

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SCHOOLS in Central Visayas sustained P150 million worth of damage from Typhoon Odette (Rai), the top regional education official said.

Department of Education (DedEd) Central Visayas Director Salustiano Jimenez reported an estimated P150 million in damage to Central Visayas schools, citing reports transmitted by the selected schools division offices, the DepEd said in a statement released on Dec. 23, a week after the typhoon.

The estimate is conservative as some field offices had not yet been able to provide an assessment due to weak internet connections, the DepEd said.

Jimenez said 52 classrooms from 12 schools had suffered severe damage while 41 schools had been partially affected. Learning materials had also been damaged.

Central Visayas groups Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones assured schools and field offices affected by Odette of immediate assistance, saying: “I saw the extent of the damage. Each time there is a natural disaster, we make sure we immediately connect them to other agencies while the responsible agency undertakes the necessary assistance.”

During President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People briefing aired Tuesday, Briones estimated that P3.37 billion would be needed to repair more than 2,400 classrooms damaged by Odette in the Visayas and

Mindanao.

She said the storm had destroyed 1,086 classrooms and damaged 1,316 others.

Some 656 public schools are now being used as evacuation centers by those displaced by the storm, Briones said.

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