Deped’s divisional offices in Eastern Visayas badly affected by ‘Yolanda’

November 12, 2013 10:33 pm 

By Aerol B. Patena

MANILA, Nov. 12 (PNA) — The Department of Education (DepEd) has released its report on the status of its divisional offices that were affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

According to the Education Department, the Eastern Visayas region (Region 8) remains the most severely affected by the typhoon as only four out of its 13 divisional offices were operational.

Divisions in Ormoc City and Western Samar remain closed while communication lines remain cut off in Baybay City, Biliran, Borongan City, Eastern Samar, Catbalogan City, Leyte Province and Tacloban City.

Eastern Visayas has a total of 4,132 public schools manned by 58,179 teachers and a student population of 1,107,367.

Meanwhile, all divisions in regions 4A (Calabarzon), 4B (Mimaropa), 5 (Bicol), 6 (Western Visayas), 7 (Central Visayas), 10 (Northern Mindanao), 13 (Caraga), and the National Capital Region are considered operational and are now tasked with contacting the various districts and schools under their supervision to determine their status.

DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro has earlier established a task force on its Central Office that would track down missing and injured personnel in areas affected by ‘Yolanda’ and provide immediate psychosocial debriefing and medical support.

The secretary also stated that resumption of classes in typhoon-stricken areas would be determined by the division superintendent in coordination with local government officials. School heads have also been given authority to suspend classes in damaged schools until the structures have been properly assessed and cleared by DepEd or LGU engineers. (PNA)

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