By Merlinda Hernando-Malipot
At least 55 classrooms in 64 schools were totally damaged in the aftermath of the 6.1-magnitude earthquake which hit Luzon early this week, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.
DepEd, in its Executive Committee Facebook Page (DepEd Tayo), released partial results of the infrastructure, non-infrastructure and other damages following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake which jolted parts of Luzon – including Metro Manila.
As of April 23, the latest data available from DepEd showed that a total of 64 schools in 20 divisions reported infrastructure damages.
This covers three (3) regions including the National Capital Region (NCR), Region III, and Region IV-A.
Partial results of infrastructure damages showed that in these affected regions, there are 55 classrooms that are totally damaged, 48 classrooms with major damage, and 138 classrooms with minor damage.
Meanwhile, a total of 24 schools in 14 divisions in the NCR, regions III and IV-A reported non-infrastructure damages. Other infrastructure damages are also reported by schools in five divisions in Region 3.
The schools are Laukan National High School (Main) in Bataan; Mabalacat Elementary School in Mabalacat City, Malusac ES and Camia High School in Pampanga, Subic Central ES in Olongapo City; and Sindalan ES in San Fernando City.
The reported damages in these six schools include collapsed perimeter fences as well as damaged pathways and corridors.
Following the earthquake, DepEd said that it has directed the immediate inspection of schools and buildings.
DepEd also mobilized its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) staff to monitor areas of responsibilities and communicated with DRRM coordinators for reports on infrastructure and non-infrastructure damages.
DepEd also continues to consolidate schools with damages and track regions and divisions with class suspension.
DepEd also directed continued monitoring of the possible effects of the 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Luzon.
It also instructed provision of immediate assistance to ensure the continuity of learning such as funds for clean-up, temporary learning spaces, learning materials, hygiene kits, psychological first aid, and emergency feeding.
The department also conducted a detailed assessment of damages for repair and construction and continuously disseminates situation reports to affected regions and divisions.