KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 18 (PIA) -- In a period of 2 years, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 12 has completed construction of 4,686 classrooms across SOCCSKSARGEN Region.
DPWH 12 Information Unit noted in a press release sent to Philippine Information Agency that these classrooms were implemented under the DPWH-Department of Education convergence program Basic Education Facilities Fund (BEFF).
Citing the School Building Implementation Report of the Construction Division, the DPWH 12 Information Unit emphasized that from 2014 to 2016, the agency has finished 83 percent of the 1,580 school buildings scheduled for construction under the said program with a combined cost of P9.4 billion.
Some 290 school building projects are currently being implemented in different areas across SOCCSKSARGEN Region and expected for completion this year, the report continued.
SOCCSKSARGEN Region is comprised of the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat as well as the cities of Koronadal, General Santos, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato.
As a collaboration between DPWH and DepEd, BEFF aims to to address the classroom, water and sanitation facilities, and furniture shortages in public schools. This also responds to the needs for expansion of the facilities of DepEd for the full implementation of the K to 12 program.
“This is such a tough job considering the conditions during the project implementation such as delivery of materials and deployment of equipment to far-flung and critical areas,” said OIC-Regional Director Basir Ibrahim.
Along with these projects, DPWH 12 has also completed 51 technical-vocational building to house laboratory equipment and machines. Ten more tech-voc buildings are being implemented. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from DPWH 12 Information Unit)