Repairs of Cebu City schools still ongoing

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REPAIRS being conducted in school facilities in Cebu City that were damaged during Typhoon Odette (Rai) last year remained a “work in progress,” a city school board official said on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Melissa dela Cruz, chairperson of the Cebu City Local School Board (LSB), made the admission just after the Department of Education (DepEd) issued an order to implement full face-to-face classes starting November this year.

Dela Cruz told SunStar Cebu that all while schools in the city are capable of holding in-person classes, some of the buildings and classrooms still need to be refurbished.

According to dela Cruz, Typhoon Odette’s devastation last December 2021 brought the damage estimate in all of the city’s school buildings to P300 million.

Repair requests

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

Dela Cruz said that from the requests of the 100 schools, the LSB has conducted nearly 400 repair works in their facilities. Most of the repairs were done on damaged roofs.

The LSB cannot provide the monetary equivalent of the services it rendered since all assistance it had received was given in kind.

Dela Cruz said she cannot give a specific timeline on when all of the schools will be fully repaired but she gave assurance that the LSB is working closely with the DepEd to fast-track the process.

Careful

Dela Cruz added that the LSB and the DepEd office in Cebu City are very careful in implementing the full in-person classes, especially that the City remains under the Covid-19 pandemic’s grip.

Private companies and non-profit organizations have been urged by the LSB to assist schools in their communities to expedite the repairs.

Dela Cruz said private companies can assist affected schools by conducting corporate social responsibility projects.

On July 12, DepEd Secretary and Vice President Sara Duterte issued an order that mandated all elementary and secondary schools to resume five-day face-to-face classes starting on Nov. 5, 2022.

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