THE government has released P1.67 billion for the construction of 1,704 classrooms in elementary and secondary public schools in regions affected by last year’s Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
In a statement over the weekend, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said that the release was made to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to fund the construction and reconstruction of classrooms damaged by Yolanda in MIMAROPA (Region IV-B), Western Visayas (Region VI), Central Visayas (Region VII), Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Caraga (Region XIII) and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Of the total amount released, the budget agency said that Eastern Visayas will get the biggest share of P558.7 million for the construction and reconstruction of 559 classrooms. Regions VI and VII were allotted P212.9 million and P287.3 million, respectively, for the construction of a combined 509 classrooms.
The DBM noted that the P1.67-billion release will be sourced from the Department of Education’s P39-billion budget for Basic Educational Facilities.
“Our budget for the year fully supports the needs of our education sector, as advancing quality education in the country remains a top priority. The same can be said for our post-calamity rehabilitation efforts, where we continue to ‘build back better’ and fast-track recovery in all affected areas,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said.
The latest release will give the DPWH the funding it needs to rebuild damaged classrooms and construct new ones nationwide, Abad added.
Recently, the budget agency released P7.35 billion for the construction of 7,136 classrooms nationwide—5,916 elementary school classrooms and 1,220 secondary school classrooms.