MALASIQUI, Pangasinan - The Department of Education (DepEd) Policy, Planning, and Research Division has recorded 738,212 enrollees in the Ilocos Region as of August 3.
Based on the data obtained by the Philippine News Agency on Friday, at least 43,205 are enrolled in kindergarten, 317,268 in elementary, 251,694 in junior high, and 126,045 in senior high school.
In an interview, DepEd Ilocos Region Public Affairs Unit head Cesar Bucsit said the number is expected to increase as enrollment is still ongoing.
Despite the 7.0 magnitude earthquake's damage to some schools, he said majority of the classrooms in the region are not affected but the DepEd is still monitoring and checking the structural stability of
Ilocos Region's almost 3,000 schools.
Bucsit said the damaged classrooms, toilets, hand washing facilities, and furniture will be allocated with funds for repair or reconstruction following the ongoing assessment of the DepEd-1.
Meanwhile, DepEd Ilocos regional director Tolentino Aquino thanked the local chief executives and other stakeholders for their cooperation with the recent Brigada Eskwela.
"Nais nating ipahatid ang pasasalamat sa buong pamayanan sa pakikipagtulungan upang maihanda ang ating mga paaralan para sa ligtas at maayos na pagbabalik ng ating mga mag-aaral. Patuloy po naming tatanggapin ang mga tulong na nais ninyong iparating para maihatid ang kalidad na edukasyon (We would like to express our gratitude to the whole community for the help extended to prepare our schools for a safe and orderly return to school of our students. We will continue to accept any assistance that you would still give for the delivery of quality education)," he said in a statement.
He added the Brigada Eskwela Plus could be conducted any day of the year. (PNA)