THE Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has provided a total of 381 additional school buildings for students enrolled for academic year 2018-2019 in Western Visayas.
Public Works-Region 6 Assistant Director Jose Al V. Fruto said the completed school building projects with a total of 851 classrooms received an allocation of P1.19 billion under the joint project of DPWH and DepEd called the 2017 Basic Education Facilities Fund (BEFF).
“These projects which include classroom buildings for elementary schools and secondary schools as well as workshop/laboratory buildings for senior high schools were hastened for completion in time for the opening of classes this year,” Fruto said.
The new buildings were built by the DPWH to accommodate the growing student population in different schools in the region, reaching even those who are in far-flung areas.
With the additional schoolbuildings, the government will be able to address the need for more classrooms, considering the increasing number of enrollees both in elementary and secondary as well as the senior high school students.
The department will continue its commitment in supporting program of the government by providing enough classrooms to cope with the shortage of classrooms for elementary schools and technical-vocational buildings for senior high school (SHS) program.
“Hopefully we can build a lot more classrooms this year and we, being parents, only wish to have better learning facilities for our children,” Fruto added. (PNA)