AKLAN, Philippines – After Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) devastated the province of Aklan on Christmas Day, school authorities are now worried on how to rebuild the damage wrought to school facilities with classes set to resume next week.
Aklan Schools Division Superintendent Miguel Mac Aposin is urging the schools affected to immediately report the damage in the area after the typhoon passed through Aklan on December 25. (READ: Typhoon Ursula leaves P65 million damage in Aklan's agriculture)
Aside for the damage to house and properties, schools in the province of Aklan took a terrible beating from the wrath of Typhoon Ursula. Schools affected have sent reports of academic classrooms, computer units, school furniture and textbooks used for instruction destroyed by the typhoon via SMS in Radar Disaster Assessment Report (RADaR).
Aposin also directed the school heads to plan for the resumption of classes on January 6. These include arranging for the psychological first aid of all affected personnel and learners, and assisting the DepEd engineers in the validation of damage and losses of the typhoon-hit schools.
Assessment of damaged schools
Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Jose Niro Nillasca said school heads must ensure the safety of students in the wake of massive damage of school facilities by Typhoon Ursula.
"Ibang iba ang degree of damage sa mga (There are varied damage in the) infrastructure, basic education facilities and resources. The school heads are empowered to conduct initiatives in consultation with stakeholders for assistance and support," he stressed.
DepEd engineer Meljan Torres said the department's regional director Ma. Gemma Ledesma also mobilized the Division Engineers and DepEd Project Engineers from unaffected division offices in Western Visayas to augment the division offices which were badly hit by Typhoon Ursula.
Ledesma issued regional office advisory on December 27 for the joint assessment of DepEd engineers and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) focal persons on damages of school infrastructures in the region.
The School Division Offices (SDOs) of Silay City, Bacolod City, and San Carlos City will also conduct the validation assessment on January 6 to 10 in the province of Aklan.
In Capiz, the assigned SDOs are Cadiz City, Iloilo City and Sagay City while La Carlota City, Kabankalan City and Himamaylan City SDOs will validate the schools damaged in Roxas City. – Rappler.com