School buildings should not be used as evacuation centers because they are not typhoon-proof, said the education cluster of the post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) that was conducted in Eastern Visayas to look into the damage and needs of areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Dr. Reynaldo Nayre of the education cluster said casualties were reported even in classrooms used as evacuation centers.
Instead, the cluster suggested that government agencies that are capable of building structures should construct typhoon- and earthquake-proof edifices.
The cluster report covered only 35 municipalities and Ormoc City in Leyte.
The validated report found that Leyte province has 1,680 totally damaged classrooms and 5,300 partially damaged.
As part of reconstruction and recovery it is recommended that the construction of the totally damaged and repair of partially damaged classrooms be prioritized, it said.
The construction and repair needs a budget of around P3.634 billion, they said.
Meantime, the report is still subject to final refinement prior its presentation to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council next week.