The lone SVD parish in Surigao was badly affected by the Northeastern Mindanao earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6.7 and a maximum intensity VII (very strong) last February 10, 2017, 10:03 pm. “There are cracks all over the place,” reported by Fr. Yohanes Dua Dani Bao, the Indonesian parish priest.
Even the mission school founded by the parish back in 2003 was not spared. “Some of the cabinets fell flat, many of the academic materials destroyed,” he added.
Few weeks ago in a separate interview, Fr. Yohanes relayed his enthusiasm that many parents approached him wanting their children to enroll in the mission school. “Many of our pupils became outstanding students when they go to Surigao West, Pilot School, CV Diez and St. Paul College.”
At present, the parish mission school has 48 pupils composed of 3 levels of Nursery 1, Nursery 2 and Kindergarten.
Earlier, the Surigao City government had declared the entire city under the state of calamity.