P13.43B allotted to fund completion of 4,810 classrooms nationwide

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Over 4,000 classrooms nationwide will soon be completed to address the country’s classroom shortage.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has allocated a total of P13.43 billion in the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the construction of additional school building facilities with 4,810 classrooms in time for School Year 2020-2021.

As of the moment, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have completed and turned over 368 classrooms to DepEd.

Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the DepEd school building projects are part of the DPWH’s convergence program with other national government agencies.

“DPWH Regional and District Engineering Offices nationwide are also pushing to complete 4,414 classrooms that are now under civil works, and 28 more that will start construction soon. Hopefully, these will be turned over in time for the coming 2020-2021 school year,” Villar said. 

The 2019 BEFF (Basic Educational Facilities Fund) covers the construction of additional 616 classrooms for the National Capital Region amounting to P1.95 billion; 66 classrooms for Cordillera Administrative Region costing P185.09 million; 534 classrooms for Region 1 costing P1.34 billion; 87 classrooms for Region 2 costing P189.84 million; 933 classrooms for Region 3 costing P2.56 billion; 807 classrooms for Region 4A costing P2.14 billion; 44 classrooms for Region 4B costing P153.94 million; 393 classrooms for Region 5 costing P1.35 billion; 198 classrooms for Region 6 costing P478.62 million; 278 classrooms for Region 7 costing P766.96 million; 191 classrooms for Region 8 costing P472.98 million; 123 classrooms for Region 9 costing P303.17 million; 164 classrooms for Region 10 costing P500.95 million; 159 classrooms for Region 11, costing P488.08 million; 96 classrooms for Region 12 costing P241.66 million; and 12 classrooms for Region 13 costing P303.69 million.

Last month, DepEd was saddened by the decrease in funding for basic education inputs program, particularly for the new construction of school buildings.

In a news statement, the education department said that the decrease in the budget is a “huge challenge” for it will  “adversely affect the programming of a lower classroom to students ratio for the coming school years.”

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