Written by Jay-ar M. Arante
The donation of the Philippine Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) had allegedly not been received by the Department of Education (DepEd) Aklan.
PAGCOR had previously stated that it would donate P2 billion to DepEd for the schools destroyed by typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan.
According to Aklan Division Physical Facilities Coordinator, Marivic Tolentino, probably the management of the DepEd will instead give the amount to finally reconstruct the schools destroyed by the typhoon.
For the meantime, the damaged schools had been temporarily reconstructed with the help from stakeholders, private individuals and local governments in the province.
It was learned that the P2 billion fund from the PAGCOR was meant for the construction of more than 2,000 classrooms at the area of Palawan and Romblon including the provinces of Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Bogo City, Cebu, Samar, Leyte, Ormoc and Tacloban.
In the latest record from DepEd, it was estimated that 5, 900 classrooms in Visayas and Region 4 were completely destroyed during typhoon Yolanda while 14,508 were partly destroyed.
As of press time, almost 100 percent of classes in the whole province of Aklan have returned to normal 59 days after typhoon Yolanda struck.
Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus