DepEd eyes bunkhouses for homeless teachers


THE Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to build bunkhouses for the displaced public school teachers whose houses were severely destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Friday said that they will build bunkhouses near the makeshift classrooms that would serve as temporarily shelter for public school teachers whose houses were damaged by the unforgiving typhoon.

“We are considering putting up bunkhouses for temporary shelter of teachers inside schools where these are needed,” Luistro told this reporter in a text interview.

Luistro, however, admitted that DepEd doesn’t have sufficient funds for this. He said the education department will ask for donations for the construction of bunkhouses.

“We don’t have a budget for that but we will be approaching some private donors,” the DepEd chief added.

Luistro earlier said that makeshift classrooms will be built in order to be able to resume classes by next week or at the soonest possible time.

The DepEd chief also called on both public and private schools to accept student transferees from Yolanda-devastated areas, with sufficient or no records.

“This directive is necessary because we want students from affected areas who have immediately relocated to Cebu, Metro Manila, or other nearby places to be able to continue their education with minimal disruption,” Luistro explained.

The DepEd order also encourages private schools to give special consideration to transferees in similar situations.

Private schools, while retaining the right to impose qualifications, are enjoined to exercise leniency in accepting transferees from Yolanda, Luistro said.


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