'Glenda' affects 115 school divisions

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2014 01:41 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2014 03:29 AM


MANILA - A total of 115 school divisions covering 25,856 classrooms in 12 regions have been affected by typhoon Glenda, according to a situation report presented by the Department of Education Thursday.

Of these, 187 schools have been used as temporary evacuation centers.

47 percent of the 115 school divisions have resumed classes a day after the storm hit.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that while the typhoon's coverage was extensive, damage to schools was not as devastating as typhoon "Yolanda," based on initial reports.

The DepEd is now in the rapid damage assessment stage to determine the status of the affected schools and the works needed for the damaged schools.

"Ang una po namin gagawin ay i-repair quick fix, makeshift 'yung mga structurally mukha pang pwede gawin basta hindi lang tumutulo. Tapos 'yung engineer po namin, after that first phase, talagang mag-iikot na at gagawa na ng mas permanent na program of works for the classrooms that need to be demolished and for the classrooms that need major repair," Luistro said.

Budget for the repairs will come from the department's P650-million quick response funds.

Not all school divisions and schools, however, have been able to report their respective status due to power outage.

DepEd Assistant Secretary Reynaldo Laguda said most of the those that have not been able to establish contact with DepEd are from Regions IV-A, IV-B and V.

"Nagbabalak kami na makapagpadala ng two teams in some areas and also based on what we gather from news reports. Ang tinitignan namin 'yung mga nag-declare ng state of calamity... Number two kung saan bagsak ang communication, number three 'yung mga binabanggit sa news... Tinitignan din namin 'yung capacity... Tinimpla din namin kung sino 'yung sa aming palagay, sa pagkakaalam namin sa mga tao namin 'yung mga divisions na mangangailangan din ng alalay, 'yun yung inuuna namin na baka kailangan namin puntahan 'to," Laguda said.

The DepEd also appealed to the public to send in photos and relevant information to the department's Twitter account (@deped_ph) and email ([email protected]) to help them make urgent decisions.