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Release of P15.1-B for the building of over 5,000 classrooms

According to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Marcos administration has set aside PHP15.1 billion to build 4,912 classrooms across 1,194 locations nationwide.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) declared in a statement that Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman had approved on May 15 the joint request of the Departments of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and of Education (DepEd) to release funds totaling PHP15,151,709,646 to finance initiatives aimed at addressing classroom backlog.

The DBM stated that the funding will be utilized for establishing technical vocational laboratories and constructing, replacing, and completing kindergarten, elementary, and secondary school buildings.

The budget department noted that money will also be allocated for site improvement, water and sanitation infrastructure building, and installing or replacing facilities for people with disabilities.

On the other hand, it said that PHP131,427,470 would be used for EAO (Engineering and Administrative Overhead) costs.

The DBM pointed out that the EAO costs include recruiting personnel, carrying out preliminary and detailed engineering operations, pre-construction activities, project management for the construction, testing, and quality control.

The document said that the agreed budget would also be set aside for pre-construction activities’ contingencies, training, communication, per diem, transportation costs, and the purchase, rehabilitation, and repair of relevant equipment and parts.

The prompt release of cash, according to Pangandaman, shows the Marcos administration’s dedication to funding education.

To accommodate the rising enrollment in our public schools, she added, we need to build and renovate classrooms.

“Our youngsters need to learn and have fun in a supportive setting. To be able to make mabuti’s arals, you must have ligtas, malinis, and maaliwalas. The wisest investment would be providing them with secure, sanitary, well-ventilated classrooms. Our best investment is in them.

In February, the DepEd called for a society-wide strategy to address the lack of classroom space.

Sara Z. Duterte, vice president and DepEd secretary, had said that the lack of classrooms was the most pressing issue in education.

Duterte pledged to fix the school infrastructure shortages and planned to construct 6,000 classrooms this year.

As face-to-face courses began, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. promised to prioritize building additional classrooms under DepEd’s Basic Education Facilities.

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