By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
The Department of Education (DepEd) reported Tuesday that around 30,000 schools were affected by typhoon Tisoy.
Based on the initial figures sent to reporters, DepEd said that a total of 29,624 schools or around 15.8 million students across 12 regions in the country were affected by the typhoon as of 12 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the DepEd, the schools were either used as evacuation sites or classes were suspended due to the inclement weather.
Speaking to reporters after the launch of “Sulong EduKalidad” at DepEd Complex in Pasig City, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that protocols used during times of disasters such as typhoons were already in-place.
“Usually, school heads are the ones who will report the situation in their areas of concern and then it will be forwarded to higher offices until it reaches the regional director,” Briones told reporters.
According to Briones, the DepEd also has a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) which monitors the situation on areas affected by natural disasters or calamities.
She further said the DepEd’s DRRRM consolidates reports of affected or destroyed classrooms and other school facilities and equipments from the regional offices.
“I’m sure within today we already know the level of damage and these are all consolidated to the DRRMC,” she said.
The DepEd, however, has yet to release the number of schools, facilities and equipments that were either destroyed or damaged by the typhoon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) earlier said that the typhoon has made landfall in Gubat, Sorsogon at around 11 p.m. Monday.
The state weather bureau said the eye of the typhoon was spotted at the vicinity of Baco, Oriental Mindoro at around 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Several local government units have already suspended classes in all levels, in both public and private schools, even before the typhoon has made landfall in the Bicol Region late Monday night.
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