CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga: The provincial government of Pampanga will allot some PHP200 million for the construction of 267 classrooms intended for the full implementation of K-12 program in 2016.
This was disclosed by Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda in a meeting last Thursday with principals from 112 public high schools and some provincial and Department of Education (DepEd) officials.
The governor said the provincial government will start the construction of classrooms as part of preparations for the K-12 program implementation.
Based on the report of engineers Olimpio Pangan and Wilfredo Manalili of the Provincial Engineering Office, the provincial government is set to construct 28 classrooms from the three public high schools in Magalang; Guagua, 14 classrooms; Sasmuan, 3; Sta Rita, 11; Lubao, 12; Porac, 9; Floridablanca, 16; Bacolor 14; Arayat, 12; Mexico, 72; Sta. Ana, 3; Sto. Tomas, 15; San Simon, 16; Minalin,2; Apalit,12; Macabebe,9; Masantol, 4; San Luis, 4 and Candaba, 11.
She said the provincial government will help and support the DepEd because K-12 program is intended to boost the country’s educational standards.
“If we fail to help the DepEd in responding to the scarcity of needed classrooms, many high school students have no option but to stop from schooling. My administration wants all turning senior high school students (to) be in school in 2016 to finish their two more years of schooling. I want zero drop-outs in senior high school,” the governor said.
Pineda said the province must be ready for the full implementation of K-12 program.
“We fully support the senior high school program,” she said.
It can be recalled that Pineda advised the Pampanga mayors to allot their respective annual P5-million financial assistance from the provincial capitol for the K-12 program’s needed facilities.
The governor also pledged an additional P5-million financial aid for the construction of classrooms in each municipality and city where senior high school will be implemented next year.
The DepEd said the success of K-12 also lies on the hands of the local government units from municipal, city to provincial, parents-teachers associations and non-government organizations who are extending assistance to the department by sponsoring the construction of needed classrooms.
The DepEd disclosed that 432 classrooms, 33 science laboratory buildings, 47 computer laboratory buildings, 436 teachers and 101 workshops are needed to accommodate first year senior high school students next year.