The Ministry of Education (DepEd) needs more than a billion pesos for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools that were damaged in the Abra earthquake.
Based on the latest update released by the DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) as of July 30, a total of 9,903 schools have been affected across seven regions of Luzon.
In the report, DepEd DRMMS noted that around 263 schools were damaged with 706 classrooms partially damaged while 451 classrooms were completely damaged by the shaking.
DepEd data showed that Region I (Ilocos Region) recorded the highest number of schools affected with 2,860, followed by Region II (Cagayan Valley) with 2,506 and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 1,839 schools affected.
Considering this, DepEd noted that the cost of repairing and rebuilding classrooms and other infrastructure damaged by the earthquake is estimated at 1.48 billion pesos.
Currently, DepEd said 25 schools are being used as evacuation centers in affected areas.
DepEd, through DRRMS, also continues to coordinate with Field Coordinators and other related agencies for ongoing updates and to provide assistance to affected students, teachers, and staff.
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