June 23, 2024

The Department of Education-Cordillera has estimated the total cost for the rehabilitation of the damage to infrastructures caused by Typhoon Egay in the region at P750,642,407.

In DepEd-Cordillera’s Rapid Assessment of Da-mages Report (Radar) as of Aug. 2, around 212 classrooms were totally damaged, 689 incurred major damage, and 858 had minor damage.

Abra recorded the highest rehabilitation cost at P445M which is 59.2 percent from the rest of the region as it recorded the highest number of damage to its school infrastructures.

Apayao followed with an estimated cost of P116M, Mountain Province with P103M, and Benguet with P64M.

Abra, Apayao, Mountain Province, and Benguet were declared under state of calamity due to the effects of Typhoon Egay.

Aside from da-mage in schools and infrastructures, the report also included damage to resources where Abra had a total of 8,117 damaged armchairs, 742,999 learning resources, 910 computer equipment, and 319 toilets.  

The report stated a total of 150 displaced learners, most of them are from Abra with 102; six injured teaching and non-teaching personnel all reported from Abra; and 30 displaced teaching and non-teaching personnel from the region with 24 coming from Abra.    

DepEd also mourned the passing of its four learners who perished during the typhoon. One is a grade 7 learner from Pilar, Abra due to drowning, a grade 11 learner from Baguio City due to landslide, and two elementary pupils from Benguet, also due to landslide.

One learner remains missing in Apayao and is among the five missing individuals due to a landslide in Butao, Calanasan. 

DepEd-Cordillera Information Officer Cyrille Miranda said the amounts of da-mage due to the typhoon are estimates from the school divisions and are still subject to assessment of the school division office engineers and disaster risk reduction and management coordinators. 

Miranda said once validated, the report will be forwarded to the central office for funding. – Ofelia C. Empian