THE Department of Education (DepEd) is looking into realigning some of its funds for the repair and construction of learning spaces following the damage incurred to several schools by the magnitude 7 earthquake in Abra last week.

DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said the department is in need of P2.1 billion for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the damaged school facilities.

"Kung may projects na hindi naman priority or hindi matutuloy or kung may savings, ire-realign natin 'yan ngayon para sa quick intervention natin sa temporary learning spaces," he said.

For now, while they are still looking for funding, they will build makeshift temporary learning spaces or classrooms in the earthquake-hit areas for the upcoming opening of classes.

Poa said they are in close coordination with the local government units to identify the spaces where these temporary classrooms can be put with primary consideration to the safety of the teachers and most especially the learners.

"If we can't deliver on time 'yong lahat ng [temporary learning spaces], we will consider also alternative delivery modes," he said, referring to the use of self-learning modules and online classes.

"There's no one size fits all solution kasi iba-iba 'yong case ng bawat lugar, bawat paaralan," Poa added.

Poa said as of August 4, over 15.2 million students have enrolled for the School Year 2022 to 2023, which is set to open on August 22.

By November, both public and private schools should have transitioned to the conduct of full face-to-face classes. (SunStar Philippines)