45 classrooms wrecked, 139 more damaged in Leyte quake: DepEd

MANILA — The 6.5-magnitude earthquake that rattled the Visayan region last week and its aftershocks have destroyed at least 45 classrooms and damaged 139 others, the spokesperson of the Department of Education (DepEd) has reported.

Of the classrooms that were ruined, 41 are in the Eastern Visayas region, and four in the Negros Islands, Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali said in an interview Tuesday.

Of the 139 classrooms that need major repair, 136 are in Eastern Visayas, and three in Central Visayas, while some 457 classrooms in Eastern Visayas need minor repair, Umali said, noting that classes in the affected regions remained suspended.

He further said that they are verifying reports on the number of students, teaching and non-teaching personnel possibly injured by the earthquake and its aftershocks.

The DepEd, Umali said, is working to make its division offices operational again, both in areas struck by the earthquake and those affected by the armed conflict in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur.

He also reported that donations for both quake and Marawi victims sent to the DepEd’s head office will be transported to the two sites directly. Ma. Luisa Macabuhay-Garcia/PNA-northboundasia.com