DepEd provides psycho-social interventions in Marawi

LINGAYEN—The Department of Education (DepEd) is providing psycho-social interventions to teaching and non-teaching personnel as well as displaced learners following the still ongoing Marawi siege.

DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali told KBP Forum last week that they are utilizing teachers to help displaced learners.

“Of the more or else 30,000 displaced learners both from Marawi and outside, we were able to keep track of 27, 673 displaced learners, more than one half of this number are in Region 10 and the biggest number is in Lanao del Norte,” Umali said.

“Brigada sa Marawi” was launched by DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones and Undersecretary Alain Pascua adopting the Brigada Eskwela concept to help rebuild and prepare the damaged schools.

In Region 10, there are more or less 16,000 displaced learners who enrolled there, he said.

Umali said out of the 69 public schools in Marawi, more or less, 10 are either totally or partially damaged, with no estimated amount yet.

Meanwhile, he said of the more or less 1,400 displaced teachers, about 1,300 have been accounted for, and have already reported for work.

In the same media forum, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez said they are part of Marawi rehabilitation in terms of improving sports facilities and program, including other areas in Mindanao that are neglected by sports.

He said they have started giving children’s games for Marawi evacuees in Iligan for those under 12 years of age.

He said they would return to Marawi for rehabilitation of sports facilities when peace time comes. (Tita Roces/Nora Dominguez/Leonardo Micua)