In line with the full implementation of the government’s K to 12 Program, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P31.8 billion for the construction of 22,325 classrooms to accommodate the growing number of students all over the country.
The fund was released directly to the Department of Public Works and Highways as the agency has been tasked to implement the construction or rehabilitation of classrooms nationwide as determined by the Department of Education (DepEd).
DBM Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said the P31.8 billion will be charged against the DepEd’s Provision and Maintenance of Basic Educational Facilities also known as the Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF) under the national budgets for the years 2014 and 2015.
“Every year, we face the need to build more classrooms due to the growing number of public school students. Fortunately, we’re able to keep pace by allotting yearly increases in budgetary support for quality classrooms. With enough public funds for our education system, we can construct new school buildings or rehabilitate damaged classrooms,” Abad said.
He added, “This takes time as the process of determining the number of targets is very exhaustive, with DepEd giving us a list of classrooms only after a thorough assessment. But we’re confident of achieving these requirements as the success of the Administration’s K-to-12 school program depends on our efforts.”
The release of the funds for new classrooms accomplishes two crucial things, according to Secretary Abad. First, it promotes the proper implementation of the K to 12 Program and second, it creates safe learning facilities for the students under the Aquino administrations, “build-back-better policy.”
The additional classrooms to be built are meant to address the shortage in areas that were damaged by calamities and to support the need for more classrooms for the full implementation of the K to 12 Program.
Most of the 22,325 classrooms to be constructed, Secretary Abad said, will be in Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and Calabarzon.