P20M allotted for Mandaue schools’ repair

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THE Mandaue City Government has allotted P20 million for its local school board (LSB) to repair the public primary and secondary schools that were damaged by Typhoon Odette (Rai).

Councilor and chairman of the committee on education Malcolm Sanchez said Monday, June 20, 2022, that the budget came from the city's Special Education Fund (SEF).

Sanchez said the P20 million would be divided by the LSB and distributed to the 14 Mandaue City schools that were severely damaged by Typhoon Odette, based on data from the Department of Education (DepEd)-Central Visayas.

Damaged by the typhoon are the elementary schools in barangays Tingub, Casili, Maguikay, Umapad, Banilad, Cabancalan II, Tabok I and II, Bakilid, and Canduman, and both elementary and high schools in barangays Labogon and Pagsabungan.

Most of these schools had damaged classrooms and buildings, such as collapsed roofs and walls, and the destruction caused by the typhoon is visible until now, said Malcom.

The City Government targeted the restructuring of these schools as soon as possible, so the students can use the facilities during the start of the new school year in August.

Sanchez admitted, though, that the P20-million budget is not enough to repair all the damage, stressing that it may cost P60 million based on the data they have gathered.

He then called on the Department of Education central office to give Mandaue City additional funds for the school repairs.

"The P20 million, we're making it sufficient. But actually, this is not enough. We need the help of DepEd national also," said Sanchez.

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