THE Department of Education (DepEd) has signed an P8.8 billion contract for the second phase of the Public-Private Partnership for the School Infrastructure Project (PSIP II) in line with
the government’s efforts to address classroom.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro inked the build-transfer agreement last Thursday with Megawide Constructions Corp., BSP and Co. Inc. and Vicente T. Lao Construction Joint Venture for the design and construction of 10,679 one-storey and two-storey three-storey and four-storey classrooms, including furniture, fixtures and toilets in 5,167 public schools in 14 regions.
The PSIP II will be implemented through an arrangement with the private sector using a turnkey or “build-transfer” modality in accordance with Republic Act 7718 or the Revised Build-Operate-Transfer Law. This means that DepEd will issue a one-time payment to the winning bidder after the classrooms have been built.
Megawide won the P2.25 billion contract to construct 2,240 classrooms in 928 schools in the provinces of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and the regions of Central Luzon and Cordillera.
The consortium of BSP and Co. Inc. and Vicente T. Lao Construction, on the other hand, bagged the P1.603 billion contract to construct 1, 930 classrooms in 750 schools in the Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions.
Luistro assured that the new classrooms will be safe and disaster resilient.
He said future classrooms should have better “structural integrity.”
“New buildings for learners, including the ones under this program, should meet the new specifications required and should be able to withstand earthquakes, floods, and typhoons,” Luistro said.
“We are putting up structures where our students will be able to be in an ideal learning environment. It’s not any ordinary building, it’s about ensuring that these spaces will allow young people to flourish, learn in whatever school situation they find themselves,” he added.
Luistro said the classrooms should be completed and fully furnished before the end of the year.
Manuel Ferrer of Megawide Construction vowed to deliver high quality classrooms.
“We intend to complete with best quality possible because we know that we are making a difference in thousands of school children who are the future of our country.”
For his part, Ben-Azel Ponio of the BSP-VT Lao JV said the project will not only benefit them but also the contractors, workers, and even local hardware stores in areas where the classrooms will be built.