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Negros Oriental appropriates P62M for school building construction program

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (21 August) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Oriental has appropriated P62M for the province's school building program.

The program was initiated by Gov. Emilio C. Macias II with the tagline "Basta NegOr, Educ 104."

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan appropriated the said funds as the school building program would entail around P62M for the construction of 52 school buildings under the Negros Oriental Schools Division, said Capitol Information Officer Adrian Sedillo.

He explained that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has earlier given the governor the authority to enter into a loan package agreement with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

DBP was chosen due to its schedule of benefits and payments scheme which the province finds agreeable, said Sedillo.

The school building program, which is a program implemented in coordination with the local government units and the Department of Education, was already started in two pilot areas, first in Cambonbon Elementary School in Brgy. Sandulot in Siaton town followed by Arapiles High School in Tanjay City.

Sedillo said the governor handpicked the said pilot areas, where two-classroom school buildings now stand, to serve as the program's model "units."

The funds used for the construction of the two-classroom school buildings in the said pilot sites were sourced out from the school board funds, he added.

The Governor's school building program makes use of a counterparting scheme between the local government units and the provincial government whereas the LGUs put up a counterpart fund for the construction of the school buildings- 10% for municipalities and 25% for cities.

The construction of each two-classroom school building is pegged to cost P1.2M, said Sedillo.

The mayors identify the schools to benefit from the said program. "This is because Gov. Macias believes the mayors know best which schools in their areas lack classrooms," explained Sedillo.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education and the Department of Public Works and Highways were directed by the President to inspect, assess and immediately take action to rebuild destroyed structures as result of the recent Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF) attacks.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered massive operations to provide assistance and other social intervention measures to help thousands of residents affected by the recent Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF) attacks.

The President directed Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperenza Cabral and Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque to personally oversee the giving of intervention measures.

The President also ordered the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) headed by Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro to trigger the release of funds for relief and rehabilitation of affected families and other victims. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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