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DPWH completes 4,248 school buildings

Iloilo City (24 April) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed 4,248 school-building projects nationwide in preparation for the opening of classes this coming school year 2007.

The 4,248 school building are part of the 9,300 programmed under the DPWH and DepEd School Building Program expected to help address the shortage of classrooms in the country according to the DPWH press report.

DPWH OIC Secretary Manuel Bonoan said the immediate completion of the programmed works under the School Building Program is one of the priorities of his department in support of the pump priming projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

These projects involve the construction of new farm-to-market roads, flood mitigation facilities, water supply facilities and school building projects. When completed the living conditions of communities in far-flung and poverty-stricken areas of the country will be improved thus, boosting the Hunger Mitigation Program of the President.

The President has allocated a total of P3 Billion to ensure the implementation of the School Building Program. Last February 2007, the Department of Budget and Management has released a total of P748 million to the DPWH for the implementation of the project.

DPWH UnderSecretary Florante Soriquez, who is also in charge of the pump-priming projects, said they are strictly monitoring the implementation of the remaining 4,724 projects under the school building projects. Also, included in the program is the 1,000 classrooms donated by the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Incorporated.

"Based on the directive of Secretary Bonoan we are currently conducting regional pump-priming coordination meeting to personally oversee the immediate completion of the projects to thresh out any project implementation issues and concern", Soriquez said. (PIA)[top]

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