The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) submitted its preliminary Damage Assessment Report on State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) affected by Typhoon Ompong to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to fast-track the augmentation of funds to rehabilitate the institutions affected by the calamity.

At the Commission’s media briefing on Tuesday, September 18, CHED Officer-in-Charge Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III reported that the estimated amount in infrastructure damage among the affected State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Regions 1, 2 and CAR is estimated at PhP 428,871,600.

Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College reported an initial amount of PhP 54 million in terms of infrastracture damages caused by TY Ompong

“In Region 1, the damage is most noticeable in Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Ilocos Norte. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte went to Laoag City and Governor Imee Marcos requested for assistance for infrastructure, asking that the money be coursed through the Commission,” De Vera said.

Preliminary reports estimated the amount of infrastructure damage in SUCs in Region 1 to PhP193.5 million. Aside from MMSU, several buildings of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, North Luzon Philippines State College, University of Northern Philippines, Pangasinan State University, and Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College were severely damaged.

In Cagayan Valley region, the initial damage assessment for the seven campuses of Cagayan State University amounted to PhP 215.34 million.

Five SUCs based in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) also reported damages amounting to PhP 20.048 million, namely Abra State Institute of Science and Technology, Kalinga State University, Apayao State University, Mt. Province State Polytechnic College, and Ifugao State University.

“Because of Typhoon Ompong, we are reviewing our reporting system in the Commission, particularly with SUCs, to get faster updates. Sometimes, it is not fast enough because, in the campuses, they do not have enough people to do the structural and physical assessment,” De Vera added.

OIC De Vera also assured the students that the Commission is closely monitoring the situation in the affected areas, and will make sure that classes will not be affected.