PASIG CITY, Aug. 17 -- On par with the President’s directive to “Build, Build, Build”, the Department of Education (DepEd) has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to outline the strategy for the implementation of the Basic Education Facilities Fund (BEFF).
Part of the agreement was for DepEd and DPWH to jointly conduct the validation of proposed school building to determine: a) buildable spaces, b) classroom building types, and c) actual project costs. An important part of this strategy is the conduct of geo-technical investigation (soil testing), which serves as basis in the final design for the foundation, and the determination of hauling costs.
Delays were encountered early on as DepEd and DPWH fastidiously conducted its joint validation of school sites from January to April of this year. The unavailability of funds for soil testing and the need to review existing classroom designs were also issues at the onset, as these factors necessitated the computation of new rates and costing for construction.
However, these steps will help contribute to a more streamlined and efficient flow in t