Yolanda-hit towns create makeshift rooms-A A +A
Monday, June 9, 2014
SOME of the northern towns tried several ways to help the students continue their classes while classroom repairs and construction are ongoing.
In San Remegio, Mayor Mariano Martinez said they used the school stage and even held classes under the trees.
Some of the schools in the 16 local government units that were badly hit by typhoon Yolanda in the northern Cebu last Nov. 8 use tents to serve as temporary classrooms.
Earlier, the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Visayas reported that a total of 353 schools were affected by the typhoon.
The Cebu Provincial Government will need P735.595 million for the repair and reconstruction of the classroom buildings.
The funds will be coursed through DepEd.
Martinez said the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) gave the tents for students.
He said RAFI and Aboitiz Foundation Inc. helped them in repairing and rebuilding classroom buildings.
Martinez said the classroom repairs and construction started just one to two weeks before the classes opened last June 2 with the help of the non-government organizations.
“Nag-tents. Swerte lang gyud di mo-uwan (Classes are held inside the tents. It was just lucky that it did not rain),” the mayor said.
There are 27 elementary schools and 13 high schools in San Remegio town.
He said they were able to repair most of the classrooms right after the typhoon.
The town spent more than P1 million to purchase galvanized iron sheets for the roofs of the classrooms the town’s Special Education Fund.
San Remegio and Daanbantayan also use tents to hold classes.
Mayor Augusto Corro said Rafi also provided them with tents.
Corro said there are still 40 percent of the classrooms in the town that still need to be repaired.
In order to save students from long exposure to heat and to prepare for the rainy season, Corro said they are fast-tracking the repairs with the help of Rafi and international NGOs.
He said even the Cebu Technological University Daanbantayan campus also uses makeshift classrooms.
Corro said he was told by Dr. Arden Monisit, Cebu Provincial Schools Division superintendent, that there are around 120 classrooms intended for the northern towns.
Madridejos Mayor Salvador Dela Fuente said they do shifting of classes. For example, the Grade 1 pupils will use the classroom in the morning and the Grade 2 students take over in the afternoon.
Dela Fuente said there are schools that have been using tents.
Classes hold in tents are seen in the 14 barangays of the town, according to Dela Fuente.
He said Rafi and Swiss Caritas are helping them rebuild the classroom buildings.
Dela Fuente added that they will distribute the cash assistance given by the Department of Social Welfare and Development today to the more than 7,300 families who were affected by the typhoon.
He said P10,000 will be given to the families whose houses were destroyed while P5,000 will be given for the houses that need repairs.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 10, 2014.