Gatchalian wants DPWH to come up with its own proposal to fastrack construction of classrooms

Gatchalian wants DPWH to come up with its own proposal to fastrack construction of classrooms

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — In order to expedite the building of classrooms and school buildings around the country, Senator Win Gatchalian requested that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) submit its proposal.

“In the past, we have seen that a lot of the school building program has been delayed and it’s because of the transfer of funds from the Department of Education (DepEd) to DPWH, and then from DPWH, they will construct, and normally it takes one year to construct a classroom or a school building.” said Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education.”

Gatchalian mentioned that P3.1 billion was allotted for the School Building Program for 2022 during his interrogation on the DPWH’s anticipated 2023 budget.

However, as of September 2022, more than P30 million has been disbursed, less than one percent of the total allocated amount.

The DPWH reports that the School Building Program has so far received a total of P2.78 billion.

A Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) for P409 million for the School Building Program was given to the Department in June of last year.

The Department also received last October a SARO of P2.64 billion. Bidding is ongoing for the construction of these classrooms.

(AI/MTVN)

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