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DepEd eyes tent schools for ‘Pablo’ survivors

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the meeting on the update on effects of Typhoon Pablo at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (December 12). In photo are Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Management Staff (PMS) head Julia Andrea Abad, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ramon Carandang and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Dec 13 (Mabuhay) -– The Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to set up tents that will serve as temporary schools for students in the typhoon-battered provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said as of the department’s latest count, there have been at least 800 classrooms damaged by typhoon “Pablo”, which slammed into Mindanao last week.

Luistro said re-building the schools will take time, as the government still has to identify safe locations for new structures.

“Ang lahat ng mga itinatayo naming paaralan sa lahat ng nasalanta, ang protocol ay ginagamit na namin ang typhoon resistant [na materyales]. Mas mahal siya ng konti pero wala kaming choice,” Luistro said.

“‘Yung sa bubong, malaking bagay iyon. Mayroon tayong design na talagang nakaipit na yung yero. Kasi ‘pag natanggal ang isang yero, sunod-sunod na siya,” he added.

The education chief said the rest of December will be used to conduct a census among teachers and students. Emotionally-unstable students will also be subjected to stress debriefing.

“Pagpasok ng Enero, tsaka na namin babalikan ang leksyon nila,” he said. (MNS)

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