MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) is asking for donations to be used for rebuilding schools in the besieged city of Marawi and help displaced students and teachers.
Latest data from DepEd show a total of 15,115 student-evacuees who transferred to schools in 93 cities and municipalities nationwide this June because of the conflict in their hometown.
Of this number, 7,028 displaced students are enduring dire conditions in different evacuation centers, where some evacuees are reportedly getting ill.
At least 175 of the 1,411 teachers in different schools in Marawi remain unaccounted for, according to latest DepEd data.
DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali, however, said they are "very confident that they are okay."
DepEd has also identified at least 7 schools with 137 classrooms damaged by the intense firefights and bombings in the southern city. The department has yet to assess all 69 schools in Marawi.
Among the damaged schools are Raya Madaya Elementary School, Raya Madaya II Primary School, Dansalan Primary School, Mambuay Elementary School, Mamintal Disomangcop Central Elementary School, Banggolo Elementary School and Marawi Central Elementary Pilot School.
DepEd is currently accepting donations in cash or in kind. It said most needed in evacuation centers now are hygiene kits and school supplies.
Also needed for rebuilding Marawi schools are construction materials such as paint, cement, nails, galvanized iron sheets, lumber, and hand tools.
Aside from the donations, DepEd is also looking for volunteers as they continue to help displaced students and teachers. "Brigada Eskwela" will be relaunched as soon as Marawi City is declared safe.