Feature: Schools as last option for evacuation shelters
Davao City (6 October) -- Instead of being the first option for evacuation during the calamities, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said government should first explore other public places.
During a press conference on the occasion of an education summit at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City held yesterday (October 5). Lapus suggested to the National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC) to consider first using public venues like stadiums, coliseums and gyms where they have complete facilities like toilets and running water.
He cited that in that the United States, evacuees are housed in sporting complexes like stadiums rather than public schools.
Lapus said that if these public places cannot hold the people anymore, then that is the time when they can be temporarily housed at the schools. He said that as much as possible damage to life and property would not be extended to schools.
According to DepEd data about 1008 schools were affected by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, with about 806 elementary and 202 high schools. Estimated damage to the education infrastructure amounted to a total of P505-million with an estimated P344-million worth of classroom buildings affected by the typhoons and the floods. (PIA XI/RG Alama) [top]