DAVAO ORIENTAL – Several residents have packed up whatever they have left, saying there is no reason to stay in Cateel any longer.
Their homes were shattered and food and other necessities have been arriving slowly, so they vacated the area and will look for someplace else where they can build a new life.
Maryknoll Elementary School was severely damaged by the typhoon, leaving only its basic foundation.
At the second floor, what remains are the wooden foundation of the room, teachers’ tables, soaked school books, and desks of the students.
A wall dividing the school and St. James Parish of Cathedral also collapsed.
Church pews made of heavy wood were all blown about as if they were twigs. Several religious images at the altar were also damaged.
One Cateel resident, Esther Marquez, showed ABS-CBN News several photographs of what the school and church looked like before the typhoon’s destruction.
Of the three towns that were badly-devastated by the typhoon, Cateel was the most progressive, and residents from neighboring towns visited the town to buy good quality supplies.
Meanwhile, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said she is planning to tap the resources of the Department of Education to rebuild the school, but noted that she will first have to consult Education Secretary Armin Luistro.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, of the 714 reported fatalities, 336 were from Davao Oriental.