MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) has deployed engineers to conduct damage assessment in schools in war-torn Marawi City.
The inspection, which began on Nov. 9, is in preparation for the
Brigada Eskwela sa Marawi (BESM), DepEd's rehabilitation program in the conflict-stricken city.
A total of 39 schools in 49 barangays outside the main battle area have been assessed by the education department.
Teams of evaluators sent to the conflict zone include engineers from DepEd offices in Mindanao, a representative each from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the Marawi City Schools Division; and a staff member each from the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Systems (DRRMS) and the Education Facilities Division (EFD).
They were tasked to report on the necessary repairs in schools, water facilities and sanitation, as well as reconstruction and repair needs in classrooms.
Fourteen of the 39 assessed schools have already been opened and will be included in the first round of BESM, which will begin on Dec. 13, DepEd said.
The 5-month war in Marawi left over a thousand people dead, mostly terror suspects, forced hundreds of thousands out of their homes, and left much of the once vibrant city in ruins.
DepEd said the conflict displaced 22,714 students and 1,411 teachers.
Government has started rebuilding efforts in the city, allocating an initial P5-billion funding.