NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The community-driven development program of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has helped in the rehabilitation of classrooms in Camandayon Elementary School in Jimalalud town that were damaged by 2012 earthquake.
The entry of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated delivery of Social Services Millennium Challenge Corporation (Kalahi-CIDSS MCC) in April 2012, two months after the strong earthquake hit, was timely since residents badly need the restoration of their school buildings, roads, and infrastructure that were destroyed by the quake, said KALAHI-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer Venice Polancos.
Polancos cited that during the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF), residents of Barangay Camandayon agreed to choose and prioritize the rehabilitation of classrooms buildings.
MIBF is an avenue for people to vote and rank the project proposals presented by each barangay that will be implemented under KALAHI-CIDSS.
Said proposal garnered many votes during the MIBF.
Polancos said community volunteers committed themselves for the construction of two classroom-elementary school building.
The volunteers finished the construction of classrooms within two months.
Said classrooms was occupied by the Grade 5 and Grade 6 students of the school.
The 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Negros Oriental in February 2012 brought a lot of damage to infrastructure and left casualties.
The buildings inside the elementary school collapsed and this led the teachers and students to squeeze themselves and cram into the makeshift classrooms made of tent.
“It was very hot inside the makeshift classrooms, students could not concentrate in their classes and got easily distracted. It was not conducive to learning for the students,” School Principal Jean Dumag recalled.
With this, the DSWD official believes this development is the beginning of hope to recovery for those kids affected by the quake. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/with reports from Venice Polancos/This article was originally published at PIA website on May 18, 2016)