50% of school-building construction set for 2016 still unfinished – DepEd

THE DEPARTMENT of Education in the region is yet to complete half of the targeted school building constructions for 2016.

Dr. Warlito Hua, DepEd XI chief of education support and services, said these are set to be completed soon.

“These public school constructions are multi-level buildings that need time to finish,” he said.

DepEd XI still has a backlog of 10 percent from 2015 senior high school building projects. Almost all of the 2015 constructions have already been turned over, Hua said.

Completing these backlogs, Hua said, will be simultaneous to the ongoing validation set to determine the 2017 targets of the department.

He said this process, in coordination with the DepEd central office, looks at hundreds of potential school building projects that are disaster-resilient. The number will be confirmed as soon as DepEd completes the validation in line with the needs of the region.

DepEd secretary Leonor Briones recently issued a mandate to make school-buildings disaster-resilient and wanted a “prompt execution of school buildings construction under the 2017 budget of the Department.”

DepEd XI spokesperson Jenielito “Dodong” Atillo said the region still has to determine how many schools need renovation and construction.

In a previous interview, Briones said there is a need to strengthen disaster risk reduction and mitigation in class curriculum because schools and students are most vulnerable to disasters when these strike.

This need for curriculum improvement will complement education infrastructure.

Hua said schools also submit construction updates to him. Some are also instructed to condemn old buildings that are no longer safe for use.

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