DepEd welcomes P1.3-B allocation for school building rehab
Pasig City (9 October) -- Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapus welcomed moves of the Department of Budget and Management in setting aside at least P1.3 B for the rehabilitation of schools affected by typhoon 'Milenyo'.
"This is a significant amount indeed, and it is good news for us in the department," Secretary Lapus said. 'This allocation will go a long way in helping us finance the massive cost of the ongoing repairs of school facilities, and is also indicative of the government's priority to provide quality education for our children."
Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Rolando Andaya earlier announced that P1.3 B has been earmarked from the supplemental budget to augment the fund for repair, rehabilitation and contruction of school buildings affected by typhoon 'Milenyo'. The amount is part of the P9.6 B supplemental budget allocation for the education department.
Based on latest reports, the number of schools damaged by typhoon 'Milenyo' stands at 1593, comprising of 1367 elementary and 226 high schools in Region III, IV-A, V, VI and NCR. Cost of damages are estimated to be at P47 M for NCR, P7 M, P153 M for Region IV-A, P12 M for Region IV-B, P291 M for Region V, P150,000 for Region VI and P16 M for Region VIII, bringing the total estimated cost of damages to around P529 M. These figures are expected to rise, as recent reports do not include data on Libon, Albay, which was one of the hardest hit areas in Region V.
Last week, Secretary 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. The department is fast tracking such repairs so that normal school operations could resume, especially in areas where classes remain suspended. Assessment and repair of damaged schools is ongoing. (DepEd) [top]