MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said it would need at least P8 billion to repair, rehabilitate or reconstruct schools damaged by accidents in recent years.
DepEd Unterecretary Alain Pascua said the agency is still finding where the fund to use for these disaster schools will be sourced.
"More or less we are looking for sources of about P8 billion to respond to all damages, not only of earthquakes but also of floods and other disasters," Pascua said in an interview below the sidelines of the Seventh Water, Sanitation, Hygiene ( WASH) in Schools International Learning Exchange (WinS ILE).
Pascua said that DepEd had already asked the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for additional funds.
He added that DepEd also asked the Senate to increase the Agency's Quick Response Fund (QRF) from P2 billion to P4 billion to cover school repairs that have been affected by accidents since 201
“We are mandatory to establish a contingency fund or a DBM expansion fund to cover the remaining requirements, Pascua said.
"We ask the Senate to raise P2 billion QRF so that we can achieve a zero-zero balance by 2020 and we can cover all the necessary costs to repair the schools damaged by accidents since 2017 until this year," he continued.
Deputy Secretary Annalyn Sevilla previously said that DepEd needs more than P2 billion to repair the classrooms damaged by the recently occurring server that shook Mindanao.
READ: DepEd needs over P2B to repair earthquake schools
The latest data from DepEd reported that 837 schools suffered damage from the recent earthquakes with 87 in Northern Mindanao, 216 in the Davao region, 526 in Socksksargen and 8 in BARMM.
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