SpeakerName: Dr. Luisa Bautista-Yu, Regional Director, Department of Education, Philippines
Description: This presentation reported that the Bangon DepEd Task Force and the Education Cluster were created to focus on three primary areas (access, quality, and governance), and the reconstruction and rebuilding efforts after the typhoon were led in partnership with other government agencies, IGOs and communities, while educational programmes and psychosocial activities were conducted with overwhelming support from various sectors. Due to this effective collaboration, organization and support, a soft opening of classes took place only three weeks after the typhoon, and after seven weeks, regular classes resumed. This presentation also discussed other outcomes, including the creation of disaster-resilient classrooms and schools, and the fact that efforts have continued to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) trainings in school improvement plans. Furthermore, the resilience of school heads, teachers and students is noted as being instrumental in the rebuilding of schools and restoring lives. Now, after more than two years of rebuilding and recovery, this presentation emphasized that the education system is better than before.