P940M needed to repair schools

THE Ministry of Education (DepEd) estimates that 940 million pesos will be needed to repair 164 schools in Luzon that were damaged by the earthquake that hit Abra and other parts of northern Luzon on Wednesday.

The DepEd said 11 of the schools are in Region 3 (Central Luzon), nine in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), eight in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and seven in Region 1 (Cagayan Region). ‘Ilocos).

“There were approximately 8,027 affected schools or those schools in the areas with reported and instrumental intensity in the Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) earthquake information or reported casualties,” noted the DepEd in its first rapid damage assessment report. .

The department has convened an emergency meeting between regional and divisional DRRM coordinators in the affected regions and is coordinating with field managers on updates and response actions for learners, teachers and non-teaching staff.

DepEd officials also attended the first response group meeting and joined the Virtual Emergency Operations Center of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to further assess the situation in the regions hit by the earthquake.

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Vice President and Chief Education Officer Sara Duterte-Carpio earlier dispatched disaster response teams to affected areas to provide psychological first aid to DepEd staff and learners.

Alejandro L. Myatt