Schools Damaged by Typhoons in Bicol, Computers and Modules Also Messed Up

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Typhoon Rolly greatly affected Bicol Region and nearby areas. Hundreds of homes were affected by lahar flows while thousands were submerged in flood waters. But aside from houses, there were also plenty of business establishments, offices, and schools that were damaged by the typhoon.

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A lot of buildings lost their roofs in Maynonong Elementary School located in Tiwi, Albay. There were also a lot of large rocks brought into the rooms by the lahar flows. Aside from the damaged roofs and walls, the school also got their printed modules messed up.

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Hundreds of books and other learning materials also got damaged in the flood waters. Tables, chairs, blackboards, and various items inside the schools were also destroyed.

But what happened in Maynonong isn’t an isolated situation. In fact, most of the schools in the area suffered the same fate.

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In the nearby town of Malinao, dozens of computers were drenched in rainwater after the roofs of the computer laboratory were blown off Malinao National High School by Typhoon Quinta, the storm that passed just about a week before Typhoon Rolly.

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It is still unknown whether any of the computers can be salvaged. For sure, these schools need thousands of pesos, if not millions, to repair many of the damaged areas and things.

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It’s a good thing that classes are done at home because the students won’t be able to use these classrooms, but even the locals’ homes were also destroyed by the typhoons.

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Usec. Alain Pascua and Usec. Revsee Escobedo also visited the province of Catanduanes to inspect the damaged schools and see what help the Department of Education (DepEd) can provide.

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Because the electricity supply remains a problem in the area, the DepEd plans on providing generator sets to the affected schools for use in printing of the students’ learning modules in the coming weeks.

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