Feature: 'Ondoy' aftermath
By Aurora J. Casimpan
Tacloban City (October 1) -- After the flood comes life.
Typhoon Ondoy has left the country, leaving an unprecedented damage to properties and misery to lost lives.
To date, the death toll is pegged at 246 and maybe more as the clean-up and rescue operations continue. Government officials through the directive of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are tackling the restoration of normalcy to the devastation wrought by Ondoy.
For one, the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education have collectively announced the suspension of classes at all levels until Friday in the National Capital Region, Region 4A, Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales.
The suspension of classes will enable the affected schools to be rehabilitated and employing the students themselves to its restored state will instill in the students the value of responsiveness as well as that sense of ownership since they themselves were involved in returning their schools to its former glories. Nursing and medical schools including the ROTC are in the forefront of the clean-up.
In a related development, the DepEd Central Office has reported that it would need the estimated amount of P89.87 million in the rehabilitation of the affected public schools. As of now, a total of 170 schools are being used as evacuation centers for around 10,000 families.
Meanwhile, the Government Service Insurance System is allotting P5 billion in emergency loans to its members victimized by the typhoon. The loan of P20,000 is available to eligible members in areas identified as in a state of calamity by the National Disaster Coordinating Council. Likewise, the Social Security System has also announced its own emergency assistance to eligible members.
The President is not sleeping on her job in the restoration process of the devastated areas brought by Typhoon Ondoy. (PIA-8) [top]