Repair of Cebu City school facilities damaged by Odette continues

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SCHOOL facilities damaged by Typhoon Odette (Rai) in Cebu City are still undergoing repair, an official said Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Melissa Dela Cruz, chairperson of the Local School Board (LSB), told SunStar Cebu that all schools are capable of holding in-person classes, which are set in November 2022, but some buildings and classrooms still need to be refurbished.

She said the devastation of Typhoon Odette in December 2021 has resulted in P300 million worth of damage to school infrastructure in the city.

Out of the 126 public and private schools in the city, the LSB received requests for assistance from 100 schools, she added.

Dela Cruz said that from the requests of the 100 schools, the LSB has catered to almost 400 repair works in their facilities, especially in repairing their damaged roofs.

The LSB cannot provide the monetary equivalent of the services it has rendered since all assistance was given in kind, said Dela Cruz.

She also said that she cannot give a specific timeline on when the schools can be fully repaired but she assured that the LSB is working closely with the Department of Education (DepEd).

"The safe answer is it is a work in progress, we work closely with DepEd to cater the number of classes that they need, similar to our approach during the election," said Dela Cruz. (IRT)

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