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69 more classrooms slated for Davao second district

by Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (2 July) -- Some sixty-nine (69) additional classrooms are being constructed for the second district to benefit the students and address the overlapping of schedules due to the overshooting of the number of enrollees here.

In Sasa for instance, a Php14,342,000.00 3-storey building with 12 classrooms is now under construction with complete comfort room facilities.

According to FBangoy NHS principal, Anastacia Armigos, the 3-storey school uilding in Sasa which is one of its kind in the city is being funded under the congressional allocation of Congressman Vincent Garcia and partly from the appropriation of the Department of Education through Secretary Jesli Lapus.

The more than Php14-million school facility is scheduled for completion this month of July, 2008 and by August, students are expected to occupy the classrooms, Principal Armigos said.

Congressman Garcia, upon arrival from Manila immediately inspected his various projects in the second district, particularly the construction of school facilities to make sure that the buildings were not affected by the recent typhoon Frank that has flooded most of the areas in Metro Manila.

In his actual inspection, he committed to look for an allocation to fund the old Marcos-type school buildings which are now dilapidated but still being used by students due to lack of classrooms. These Marcos-type buildings were constructed way back in 1960's.

In Bunawan, a Php2-million, 2-storey school building has been completed and was already inaugurated last June 23, 2008.

Also completed with comfort rooms are: one school building in Sasa ES; two (2) in Ubalde ES Barangay Ubalde; another in Daniel Perez CES, Bunawan district; school facilities for Dumanlas ES in Buhangin; two (2) school buildings at Sixto Babao ES in Ilang; V. Corcuera ES in Panacan; Felipe Calderon ES in Bunawan; and eleven (11) are ongoing construction.

For implementation are seven (7) school buildings while three (3) school facilities will be implemented by the Army Engineering Brigade due to the peace and order condition in Paquibato. For implementation are school facilities in Damilag, Mapula; Butay ES in Tapak Paquibato; and Mangani ES in Tapak, Paquibato.

Congressman Garcia said that Education Secretary Jesli Lapus also made a big boost in constructing additional school buildings in his district by pouring sufficient appropriations. A yearly appropriation of Php5-million comes from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for school building construction.

However, the bulk of the allocation of the additional school buildings came from the countryside development fund of Congressman Garcia. (PIA) [top]

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