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Rolly-hit Catanduanes schools yet to recover from damages

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Most classrooms in Catanduanes remained unusable due to damages sustained when Super Typhoon Rolly hit the province three years ago.
Classrooms either have no roofs or get flooded, making them impossible to use, especially during rainy season.
As of writing, Catanduanes and the Bicol region continue to experience moderate to heavy rains caused by the shear line since Monday this week, forcing schools to suspend classes.
Bato is the only municipality in Catanduanes to continue classes on Thursday, except Bato Central Elementary School that announced suspension caused by mudding in rooms due to heavy rain-induced flooding in almost four days.
With most classrooms still damaged, at least four sections or grade levels of 50 students have to share a room a day.
Teachers in the province have already worked to restore the classrooms through donations, but it wasn't enough to fix all rooms damaged by Rolly that landfall in Catanduanes on November 1, 2020.
School buildings are among the properties heavily damaged by Rolly, alongside roads and bridges, worth 700 million to one billion pesos overall.
Agricultural products also suffered, amounting to about 600 million pesos, with abaca, Catanduanes' main product, hit the most, worth 400 million pesos.

Last Modified: 2023-Jan-20 11.37.13 UTC+0800