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PIA Press Release
2006/10/03

DepEd to fast track repairs in typhoon-damaged schools

Pasig City (3 October) -- Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapus ordered the immediate repair of public schools damaged during typhoon 'Milenyo', which paralyzed parts of Metro Manila and other regions in Luzon last Thursday.

"We have already identified critical areas where classrooms and other school infrastructures were badly damaged by the typhoon. The challenge now is for us to find the resources required to cover the cost of repairs," Secretary Lapus said. "We are therefore engaging the local government units and our private sector partners to help us finance the massive cost of repairing school facilities that have been damaged by the typhoon."

Based on latest reports, the number of schools damaged by typhoon 'Milenyo' stands at 412, comprising of 309 elementary and 103 high schools in Region III, IV-A, V, VI and NCR. Damages to school property include blown roofs, collapsed ceilings, broken windows, as well as damaged furniture and instructional materials. Cost of damages are estimated to be at P7,308,250 for Region III, P12,870,000 for Region IV-A, P57,620,700 for Region V, and P15,569,500 for NCR, bringing the total estimated cost of damages to around P130 M.

Secretary Lapus added that clearing and repair operations are currently being undertaken, and that the department is fast tracking such repairs so that normal school operations could resume, especially in areas where classes remain suspended.

In 2004, under DepEd's Sagip Eskwela Program, the private sector participated in providing financial support in the repair of damaged classrooms and the construction of school buildings in typhoon-stricken areas in Aurora and Quezon provinces. (DepEd) [top]

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