The rehabilitation, repair, and reconstruction of schools damaged by recent typhoons might start in January if the assessment and program of works will be completed by its field engineers this month, the Department of Education said Wednesday.
Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua, during a virtual DepEd consultative meeting with school heads and division superintendents in Sorsogon, said that field engineers have been given until Nov. 30 to “finish their program of works.”
“We gave them a deadline and they need to finish this so we can allocate funds whether we will repair, reconstruct, or completely demolish the affected schools starting January,” Pascua said.
Pascua noted that DepEd will also ensure that the school buildings, particularly those located in areas frequented by typhoons, will be disaster-resilient.
Data from the DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service as of Nov. 9 showed that there are 1,618 schools damaged in 36 divisions under the National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas during typhoon Rolly’s onslaught.
Based on initial and partial assessment, DepEd said that there were 1,640 totally-damaged classrooms; 3,455 partially damaged classrooms (major); and 5,807 partially damaged classrooms (minor).
DepEd estimates that the total cost for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Rolly-damaged schools is P5.82 billion or P4.1 billion for the reconstruction and P1.7 billion for repair or rehabilitation.