Gov't earmarks P15-M for Capiz schools repair
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (6 August) -- The government has already earmarked P15 million for the repair of school buildings in Capiz.
Education Supervisor Wilfredo Reoyo of the Department of Education (DepEd) Capiz Division revealed that the government has initially allocated P15 million for the repair of Capiz school buildings that were damaged by typhoon "Frank."
The DepEd Regional Office is already implementing a P5 million school building repair activities, he said, adding that they are also waiting for the advisory for the implementation of the remaining P10 million fund for said purpose.
According to him, they have reported more that P50 million damage on school buildings and other school facilities here due to typhoon Frank.
Based on the report submitted by the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) here to President Arroyo, a total of 486 classrooms in Capiz were devastated by typhoon Frank that hardly hit Western Visayas provinces.
In said report, Governor Victor Tanco disclosed that the damage on said classrooms amounted to P133.935 million.
Meanwhile, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said that as of June 30, the estimated cost damages on school buildings caused by typhoon Frank has reached over P506 million involving 976 schools.
Recently, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has created the Task Force Panay to oversee the government's post disaster rehabilitation effort in Panay Island that was hardly affected by typhoon "Frank." (PIA) [top]