By Liza Soriano
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MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian said that it should be left to the local governments to build classrooms to address the shortage in the country.
“Naniniwala akong magiging epektibo kung ang kalahati ng pondo ay mapupunta sa DepEd, at sa LGU naman ang kalahati. Kung ibibigay sa LGU ang responsibilidad ng pagpapatayo ng mga silid-aralan, sabay-sabay na maipapatayo ang mga ito,” Gatchalian said.
Gatchalian asserted during the hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance on the proposed 2023 National Expenditure Program (NEP) the lack of classrooms.
According to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, based on data from the Department of Education (DepEd), less than 200 classrooms have been built and an estimated 15,000 classrooms are still under construction since 2014.
Gatchalian earlier said that he plans to file a bill that would allow schools to build additional floors so that more classrooms can be built.
Currently, school buildings can only be built up to four-story high so that it is not difficult for students to climb up to their classrooms. (ai/mtvn)