DBM releases P578-M for building of classrooms

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In line with the Aquino administration’s goal to close the nationwide classroom gap this year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P578 million for the construction and completion of classrooms in the country.

 

The funding -released to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and chargeable against the budget for Basic Education Facilities this year—will support the construction of more classrooms across the country, especially in areas experiencing acute classroom shortage.

“Even as the 2014 budget is already being deliberated in Congress, the DBM continues to implement the current year’s budget so that the timely and efficient delivery of social services isn’t compromised,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said in a statement.

“This latest release underscores President Aquino’s commitment to ensure that our public schools have enough well-built classrooms for our students.

The administration continues to work to stay on–track in providing key educational facilities, especially in hard-to-reach and far-flung areas where the classroom shortage has gone unaddressed for too long,” he added.

Students in Region III will benefit the most from the P578 million release with a P171 million allocation. This is followed by Regions VII and XII with allotments of P95 million and P52 million, respectively.

In addition, P47 million has been allocated for the students in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that would help provide for much-needed classrooms in the region.

Last March, the DBM had released P10 billion for the improvements of basic education facilities nationwide, including construction, replacement and completion of kindergarten, elementary and secondary school buildings and educational facilities in areas experiencing acute classroom shortage.

DBM also released the fund to the DPWH.

Of the P10 billion, schools in NCR will receive the highest share amounting to P1.7 billon. This is followed by schools in Region IV-A, with an allocation amounting to P1.2 billion and schools in Region VIII with a total allocation of P827.7 million. (Manila Bulletin)