Despite a dearth of educational institutions, the government of Bohol, stricken by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Oct 15, has announced it will resume classes on Nov 5.
Local media outlet ANC News reported on Tuesday that a total of 27 public schools in the said Philippine province have been declared "totally damaged" because of the major temblor. The development has prompted the Department of Education in Bohol to devise a plan that will execute a 2-shift system in some schools with still fit-for-use classrooms to enable the students to go back to their studies.
Consequently on Tuesday, the government agency started to give stress debriefing sessions to its state teachers in preparation for the Nov 5 class resumptions.
Aftershocks of the magnitude-7.2 quake on Tuesday morning have reached the 3,000 mark, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Two weeks after it struck on Oct 15, the number of fatalities has risen to 218, including 204 in Bohol, 13 in Cebu, and one in Siquijor.
Although only some 18,043 families or 90,854 people continue to stay in 367 evacuation centers, the temblor which toppled old historical structures in Bohol as well as neighboring Cebu affected a total of about 671,779 families or 3,217,094 people scattered in 1,527 villages in 60 towns and six cities in six provinces across the Philippines' Visayas region.
Edgardo Chatto, Bohol Governor, said his government's initial plans was to erect temporary shelters to replace the tents currently occupied by the displaced families.
"We'll start with the rehabilitation of houses. We will build temporary short-term shelters to replace tents so Boholanos can get back their confidence. We also need prayers so that the aftershocks will stop," Mr Chatto was quoted by INQUIRER.net.
He also said that it will take a month to rehabilitate roads and bridges, and longer for the damaged churches which are part of Bohol's heritage.
The national government is focused to rebuild the province's damaged hospitals.
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