DepEd bares P3-B price tag to rebuild quake-damaged Mindanao schools


Posted at Nov 14 2019 10:53 AM

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The Department of Education said it needed some P3 billion to replace thousands of classrooms damaged by a series of strong quakes in Mindanao last month. 

The 3 October quakes destroyed 1,000 classrooms and caused "major damage" to 1,300 other rooms, mostly in Davao and Soccskargen regions, and parts of Northern Mindanao, said DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan. 

The P3-billion fund needed to replace these rooms in roughly a year excludes the cost of learning shelters that will be temporarily used by students, he said. 

"Titingnan natin kung may naiiwan pa tayong contingency funds for this year at mao-obligate pa... We are also in touch with Congress already because we are at level where the budget is under deliberation," he told radio DZMM. 

(We will look at whether or not we still have contingency funds for this year or obligated funds.) 
The 3 Mindanao quakes, whose magnitudes all measured above 6, left at least 28 dead and sent some 28,000 people to evacuation centers, said the national disaster agency. 

DZMM, November 14, 2019