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GABALDON SCHOOL BUILDING ENDURED ‘ODETTE’ – DEPED

After the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, Education Secretary Leonor Briones highlighted the durability of a school building in Gabaldon, Negros Oriental.

“As we visited schools affected by the typhoon, I was really impressed by how resilient Gabaldon school buildings are. This goes to show that these facilities can endure any type of calamities,” Briones noted.

“This goes to show that these facilities can endure any type of calamities.”

Constructed in 1914, the said facility in Dauin Central School (DCS) was able to withstand the aftermath of the typhoon as it made landfall in the province.

The said Gabaldon building from DCS was constructed in 1914 and was later rebuilt in 1947 as it was burned during World War II.

It was initially repaired in 2006 and was successfully completed on November 5, 2020.

Furthermore, the education chief visited and monitored the current situation in Valencia Central Elementary Schools and Pulangbato National High School in Valencia, Negros Oriental, wherein school buildings and facilities were damaged due to typhoon.

Based on the Department of Education (DepEd) partial report, 15,960,185 learners from 35,698 schools have been affected by Typhoon Odette nationwide since its landfall.

All Divisions from DepEd Region VII – Central Visayas have also been directly affected by the natural disaster, which includes the 3,744 schools and 1,756,316 learners from the region.

The DepEd Central Office issued a memorandum reminding the field offices on the reiteration of the disaster preparedness for response measures to be undertaken by the exposed schools.

“We started coordinating with the schools division offices and schools affected by the typhoon, so that we could provide the initial assistance to them.”

“We started coordinating with the schools division offices and schools affected by the typhoon, so that we could provide the initial assistance to them,” the education head said.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service is continuously monitoring the situation from the field and will provide support for response interventions of the affected areas if necessary.

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