DepEd provides financial and psychosocial support in Palawan

Members of the DRRMS-led DepEd Rapid Response and Recovery Team are visiting affected schools in Puerto Princesa City, San Vicente Municipality and Roxas Central District from February 7-10, 2022 to verify the damage reported by Typhoon ‘Odette’ and further assess immediate needs and critical capacities for continuity of learning and early recovery. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Ministry of Education, through the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS), provided financial support and psychosocial interventions to the Palawan School Division office.

As of February 15, DepEd has provided the Mimaropa region (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) with 6.5 million pula to meet the immediate needs of schools that have suffered heavy non-infrastructural and infrastructural damage due to Typhoon “Odette “.

“We urgently deployed support to schools and offices in Palawan, as this was the hardest hit province in the Mimaropa region, according to our Rapid Damage Assessment (RADaR) report. We will ensure that our schools and their learners can return to a sense of normalcy as soon as possible,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

From this fund, 5.5 million pula will go towards cleaning and minor repair activities of 274 schools in the Palawan division and the city of Puerto Princesa. The remaining amount of 1 million pesos can be used for the provision of kits for learners and teachers (with hygiene-related items), emergency school feeding, conduct of psychosocial first aid (PFA) and other immediate needs identified by the region.

A total of 460 teaching staff are trained in the PFA to respond to the issues and concerns of learners and staff in psycho-emotional distress caused by the Odette assault. The ATP is currently underway for learners and staff.

DRRMS Director Ronilda Co encouraged SDO Palawan managers to act aggressively and coordinate with their focal points at regional office and central office for immediate data collection and analysis, resource mobilization and other response efforts that are vital to its early recovery and rehabilitation. .

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