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DepEd, PAGCOR join forces in Typhoon Yolanda rehab efforts

posted Jan 11, 2014, 11:13 PM by Edeliza Manalaysay

    Manila--The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Gaming Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) ink memorandum of agreement for the PHP 2 billion financial aid for the construction of new classrooms in places that were hardest hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda. 

    “The 2 billion funding from the PAGCOR will be allocated for the classroom construction in areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda. If we are to look at it, our budget for more than 4,500 classrooms that need replacement is around 4 billion. So, this is already around half of the needed budget for the replacement of those other classrooms,” Secretary Br. Armin Luistro said. 

 

    PAGCOR Chairman & CEO Cristino Naguiat, Jr. said that education is PAGCOR’s advocacy. 

    Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson said that there is no better time to show the Filipino bayanihan spirit than during a crisis like this. 

    “Our target is to fast track the construction of classroom buildings before the opening of classes in June, at least the one-story buildings that need to be replaced are already in place for the coming school year,” the education chief said. 

    Integrity of the school building ensured 

    The education chief emphasized the directive of the President in. He said, “Even before Yolanda and the earthquake in Bohol, the cabinet has been discussing the integrity of school buildings.” 

    He said that the classroom buildings that will be built in 2014 should be able to withstand earthquakes with intensity 9 and typhoons with wind velocity of 250kph. 

    “We are putting up structures where our students will be able to be in an ideal learning environment. It’s not any ordinary building, it’s about ensuring that these spaces will allow young people to flourish, learn in whatever school situation they find themselves,” Luistro said.

 

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