160 schools used to house flood evacuees

Residents of Barangays Tumana and Dona Petra in Marikina seek shelter at the H. Bautista Elementary School, one of 160 public schools that were used to house hundreds of thousands of evacuees from the monsoon flooding. JOSEPH AGCAOILI, INTERAKSYON.COM
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MANILA, Philippines - Over 160 schools in flood-affected areas are currently providing shelter for over 14,000 families affected by flooding due to heavy rains in Luzon, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.

In an emergency meeting Wednesday morning, Education Secretary Armin Luistro directed  Schools Division Superintendents of DepEd-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR) to work closely with Local Government Units as well as the City Social Welfare and Development Offices in their respective areas to make sure that "we have enough supplies to provide for the needs of evacuees under our care."

"Let us work hand in hand with our City and Barangay officials to ensure that urgent needs are provided given the current situation,” Luistro said.

NCR has the largest number of evacuees with 9,741 families housed in 115 schools. In Region 3, there are 2,568 families in 36 schools, while 17 schools in Region 4A are providing shelter for 2,180 families.

Aside from ensuring the smooth operation of schools used as evacuation centers, local officials of DepEd NCR are currently finalizing a plan for the resumption of classes including provisions for make-up classes. The details of these will be released Thursday, August 9.