Reconstruction of Balion Elementary School in Ormoc

Project Reconstruction of Balion Elementary School in Ormoc

To provide a new main building for Balion Elementary School

Project Partners Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN)

• Damage assessment • Development & design with approvals from relevant authorities • Completion and final report • Signing and agreement with the Department of Education • Construction work commencement • Monitoring & reporting • Completion & final reporting • Handover/ physical handover

Locations Ormoc, Philippines
Period January 2014 to April 2014

Reconstruction of the main building which involved designs that incorporated anti-typhoon elements to the building structure


Typhoon Haiyan that hit Philippines in December 2013 caused serious physical and economical damage to the country. With the assistance of MERCY Malaysia since 13 November 2013, key places have been reconstructed. Among the beneficiaries of MERCY Malaysia is Balion Elementary School. The school has been opened since 1971 with 203 students registered, ranging from kindergarten to grade 6. After the Typhoon there were only 198 students with 7 instructors on duty. The school partially reopened a week after the disaster with the help of local communities and with a contribution of PHP 30,000 of funds received from the government to build a temporary learning centre.


Typhoon Haiyan caused significant damage to Balion Elementary School, with almost 80% of the roof blown away during the typhoon. MERCY Malaysia deployed a technical team on January 24th, 2014 to address the damage and reconstruct the main building and its facilities such as the water systems and electrical wiring. The reconstruction work was successfully completed at the end of April 2014 with a new building structure that provides a safe learning environment and one that is protected against earthquakes and typhoons.
The building is to be used as an evacuation centre for future disasters.