DepEd urges not to use public schools as evacuation centers

The Department of Education (DepEd) wants school classes to go on uninterrupted despite the occurrence of calamities.

This is why the department is putting a stop to the practice of using schools as evacuation centers for disaster-stricken residents.
“It also stands its position that public schools are not to be used as evacuation centers in order to ensure the continuity of education given in the worst calamity situation,” said DepEd Undersecretary Alain del Pascua.
The provision is included in the Comprehensive School Safety (CSS) Project, which was officially launched in Pasig City on January 16.
The DepEd said more than 44,000 schools were affected by calamities from 2016 to 2018 in which 39,000 of them were hit by tropical cyclones; more than 21,000 were struck by earthquakes; and 17, 937 others served as evacuation centers.

The department will meet with local governments about the creation of their respective evacuation centers for displaced residents in times of calamities.
“DepEd has the support of the President that the local government should build separate evacuation centers and avoid using the schools as such,” said Pascua.
In partnership with some non-government organizations (NGO), the DepED have started jump-started a number of programs such as the relocation of schools, psychological first-aid training and mobile apps to prepare the school for calamities.
“Iyong information system, makakalap niya ang impormasyon sa mga eskwelahan kung ano ang state of safety in the schools and guide the schools in terms of planning,” said DepEd DRRM Director Ronilda Co.

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