Renewable energy giant Energy Development Corporation (EDC), in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, has donated at least 15 units of laptops to typhoon-hit schools in the province.
On behalf of the schools, Provincial Board Member Mariano Marcos II received the donation from the geothermal, hydro, and wind power company on Oct. 3. “This is a good start for several schools in the province with damaged computers,” he said.
For one, over a hundred students at the Bingao National High School are attending their classes at the covered court, while their Senior High School Building 2 is undergoing repairs after Typhoon Ompong blew its roof & smashed its glass windows in mid-September.
The building was newly constructed last year, but Ompong’s strong winds severely damaged its second floor, destroying even the 42 computers inside, BNHS officer-in-charge Marilou Pasalo told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Friday.
Earlier, provincial officials led by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos had called on big firms in the province to aid typhoon victims so they could soon cope with the calamity.
Marcos even specifically requested call center companies in the province to just donate their used computers to the affected local schools, since these companies regularly replenish their computers every two to three years anyway.
Data from the Department of Education in Ilocos Norte showed that 43 public schools in the province incurred about PHP21 million worth of damages from Ompong.
The damages were in terms of ruined 145 computer sets, 388 learning materials, and 20 pieces of school furniture. Representatives of DepEd’s central office also visited the Schools Division of Ilocos Norte to personally inspect the damages on Oct. 3. (PNA)
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