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PHP58-M 'temporary learning spaces' ready for Balik Eskwela 2017

The Department of Education (DepEd) in Bicol said PHP58-million worth of “temporary learning spaces” or TLS, that were constructed in 402 schools across the region, are now ready for use for “Balik Eskwela 2017”.

DepEd-Bicol Director Ramon Fiel G. Abcede, in a press conference Wednesday, said there are 973 TLS units in the entire region that are now available for use.

He said TLS units are made of coco lumber, plywood and galvanized iron sheets and used as temporary classrooms.

He said the TLS were constructed as they are still waiting for release of the PHp1.4-billion fund that will be used to construct the schools destroyed by typhoon Niña in December last year.

Abcede said their assessment showed that typhoon Nina had severely damaged 21 percent or 788 of the 3,796 schools in Bicol while 8.6 percent or 4,185 of the 48,000 classrooms were totally and partially damaged.

"We are waiting for the PHP1.4-billion budget for the actual repair, rehabilitation, construction and replacement of the totally damaged schoolbuildings in Bicol," he explained.

The number of schools severely damaged by the typhoon were: Albay-207; Camarines Norte-10; Camarines Sur-332; Catanduanes-114; Iriga City-29 schools; Legazpi City-8; Ligao City-26; Masbate-8; Naga City-22; Sorsogon -2; Sorsogon City -1 and Tabacco City-29.

Abcede said the TLS funds, which were used for all the damaged schoolbuildings, were distributed as follows: Albay-161 units worth Php9.7 million; Camarines Norte-4 units or Php240,000; Camarines Sur-630 units or Php 37.8 million; Catanduanes- 25 units or Php 1.5 million; Iriga City-41 units or Php2.4 million; Legazpi City-2 units or Php 120,000; Ligao City-26 units or Php 1.5 million; Masbate-8 units or Php 480,000;

Naga City-35 units or Php2.1 milion worth; Sorsogon -3 units or Php180,000 worth; Sorsogon City-3 units or Php180,000; Tabaco City-35 units or Php 2.1 million. (PNA)

Connie B. Destura