Manila -- The Department of Education (DepEd) will be downloading over P23 Million in funds to procure 15,000 chairs and immediately construct 300 temporary learning spaces (TLS) for schools used as evacuation centers (ECs) to ensure continued delivery of basic education services to around 52,800 affected learners in Albay.
DepEd in a statement said that as of September 26, 77 schools are affected by the declaration of Alert Level 3 for Mt. Mayon. 38 of the schools in the Permanent Danger Zone have been closed and the remaining 39 are being used as evacuation centers.
DepEd field offices are finalizing arrangements for procurement and distribution of chairs and TLS for the 39 schools functioning as ECs. Initial support was provided through the assistance of UNICEF which committed to provide 175 tents and 400 tarps to serve as temporary learning spaces. These interventions are expected to alleviate congestion faced by schools functioning as evacuation centers.
The four DepEd divisions of Albay, Ligao, Tabaco and Legaspi have a total of 724 public schools, of which 648 schools did not suspend classes following the declaration of Alert Level 3. 711 of the 724 schools resumed classes as of September 25.
The Department's division officials and school personnel are working closely with local government officials and education cluster partners to monitor and supervise both the operation of evacuation centers as well as the delivery of education services to Albay learners.
The Department has also issued a call for donations for additional tents, tarps, chairs, and learner’s kits for the affected learners in Albay. To date, DepEd received more than 10,000 learner’s kits and has been arranging its transport and deployment.
Classes for the learners of the remaining 13 schools are expected to resume as soon as infrastructural and non-infrastructural interventions appropriate to their respective challenges are in place. (DepEd/PIA)
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