P393.5M needed to repair school buildings damaged by ‘Odette’
Around P393.5 million will be needed to aid in the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts of damaged school infrastructure due to Typhoon “Odette.”
Based on the latest data of the Department of Education (DepEd), a total of 71 schools incurred damages from the disaster.
In Central Visayas, 52 classrooms were totally damaged, the estimated reconstruction cost of which would amount to P130 million.
The Western Visayas region recorded the highest number of schools with damages at 26, followed by Central Visayas with 12 and Bicol and Eastern Visayas with 10 schools each.
The DepEd said the minor damages reported by the schools were not included in the data because the repair funds would come from the schools’ maintenance and other operating expenses.
Meanwhile, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao recorded the highest number of damaged school furniture and computer sets.
The estimated total cost of damaged computers from nine regions amounted to P758 million.
The DepEd Central Office said it conducted an emergency coordination meeting with the affected regions and divisions to discuss updates and status reports.
The regional offices, meanwhile, are monitoring the schools that were used as evacuation centers.
As of Sunday, 674 schools and 3,935 classrooms were being used as evacuation sites, the education department noted. INQ
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