DUMAGUETE CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) had inaugurated two school buildings at the West City Elementary School here, part of the national government campaign to provide additional classrooms in the province of Negros Oriental.
Dr. Adolf Aguilar, Chief of the Youth Formation Division of DepEd, said in an interview on Tuesday that the two buildings were three-storeys each with nine classrooms, costing around PHP24.5 million.
“The classrooms are ready for use once face-to-face classes resume,” he said.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones joined via Zoom the inauguration on March 19. DepEd Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua and regional, provincial, and local agency officials also witnessed the event online.
On Monday, a DepEd team inspected three new buildings at the Dumaguete City High School, which are already 90 percent complete.
The three buildings, with 12 classrooms each, are built with a budget of PHP94-million.
The city high school lost a 12-classroom dilapidated structure to a fire in June 2019.
The DepEd likewise turned over more than 2,000 mobile phones, tablets, and laptops to pre-identified learners and teachers in 23 “last-mile” schools in Negros Oriental
“Those enabling tools are for those who are in remote and far-flung areas,” Aguilar said. (PNA)