4,686 classrooms  completed in  SOCCSKSARGEN Region – DPWH

  • May 18, 2017

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)


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