Philippines: DepEd’s initial report says P7.6-million damage in Surigao schools after 6.7-magnitude quake

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SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 13 - Based on the initial assessment conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd), the estimated cost of damage on schools following the 6.7-magnitude earthquake in Surigao del Norte is now at P7.6 million. Further evaluation of the extent of the quake’s damage is ongoing.

Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, Undersecretary for Administrative Service Alain Del Pascua, and the (DepEd) team joined President Rodrigo Duterte and other members of the Cabinet on Sunday to inspect the damage brought about by the quake that jolted the province two days prior.

The Secretary’s school visits yielded the following initial reports:

  1. CARAGA Regional Science High School

    • Classrooms cracked
    • 65 computers damaged
    • Beams and posts, five spans of fences collapsed
    • Covered court flooring cracked
    • Library shelves damaged
    • Science laboratory equipment damaged
    • Wooden tables damaged
    • Canteen kitchen utensils damaged
  2. JR Clavero Elementary School

    • Stage collapsed
  3. Ipil Elementary School

    • Fence partially collapsed
    • New buildings’ walls cracked and ceilings fell
    • Printers and monitors broken
  4. Mariano Espina Memorial Central Elementary School

    • Fence collapsed
    • Major cracks on walls
  5. Surigao City Elementary School

    • Wall of new building partially collapsed
  6. Suklayang Elementary School

    • Major cracks on stage
    • Fence collapsed
    • TV broken
    • Classroom walls cracked
  7. Mat-I Elementary School

    • Almost 40% of stage collapsed
    • Waiting shed collapsed
    • Minor cracks
  8. Cabrera Altres Senior High School

    • Minor cracks on building, walls, and floors
  9. Other schools have minor cracks

  10. Entrance gate of Division Office totally collapsed