DepEd, DPWH called for an acceleration in the construction of school bldg
Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo criticized the failure of the Department of Public Works and Motorways (DPWH) to implement the P1-billion project to build classrooms in the province that would greatly reduce the discomfort of students.
This was raised during a recent RDC meeting 7 when the governor learned that the DepEd had an unused budget for the construction of school buildings in the country over the last three years.
DPWH, however, made it clear that he is building school-building projects every year.
The DPWH policy is that the funds are directly transferred to them by the Budget and Management Departments after DepEd's review and approval.
On a time-lapse route, the RDC issued 7 resolutions requiring the DepEd Central Office to consider alternative regimes to quickly speed up the implementation of its school building program.
DepEd Region 7 also explained that it had problems with the project implementation.
Its representatives stated that the General Budgets Act of 2018 stipulates that funds for the construction of school buildings will be released directly and managed by DPWH.
Degamo suggested whether they could ask for the implementation of the project instead of the DPWH being submitted to projects.
RDC 7 chairman, Evelyn Nacario Castro, said that approximately 80,000 schoolrooms were exhausted in the country.
It should be noted that in central Visayas, 2766 of the 13 057 classes allocated to the four provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor have not been built since 2014.
DPWH Director 7 Edgar Tabacon said he will meet with all district engineers and district divisions in the region to determine the number of classrooms they need to build.
JENNIFER C. TILOS / PIA7-NEGROS ORIENTAL