Cebu DepEd project to construct 64 school buildings in province

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

ABOUT P162.74 million is now ready to build 64 school buildings in 28 towns in Cebu Province.

The project is divided into 44 clusters and each cluster will get an allocation from the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office.

A similar project will start in Mandaue City next month after they complete the bidding process, Administrative Officer Benjamin Tiongson of the city schools division said. Tiongson is the vice chairman of the bids and awards committee (BAC), chaired by
Superintendent Ninfa Bongo.


Spread in different towns

He said their P20-million allocation from the DepEd Central Office is intended for the Ibabao Elementary School, Mandaue City Comprehensive High School, Canduman National High School and Tabok National High School.

Based on the published invitation to bid, the P162 million Cebu DepEd project will be spread in different towns; each town may receive more than a cluster and many construction sites.

Minglanilla town, for example, has four clusters and five construction sites. Three sites are for a proposed two-story four-classroom building, one in Lipata Central Elementary School, another in the Lipata National High School and a third one in the Camp 7 National High school.

The fourth construction site will be a two-classroom building in the Vito Elementary School and the fifth site is a three-classroom building in Calajoan Elementary School.

Dr. Gregorio Cyrus Elejorde, BAC chairman and Cebu Schools Division assistant superintendent, invited contractors through a published ad in national broadsheets.

The project must be done in 90 to 120 calendar days and may start after the awarding in the middle of May.

50-percent increase

In the first quarter this year, Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia increased the Provincial School Board’s (PSB) fund allocation by more than 50 percent, compared to last year’s amount.

The PSB fund went from P115.4 million in 2010 to P177.8 million this year.

Garcia said the increase was intended to address the demand for educational supplies, more teachers and classrooms for DepEd’s K+12 program next school year.

The program stretches the existing 10-year basic education program to 12 years.

Provincial Engineering Office records revealed that as of Jan. 31, 2011, the Capitol has constructed 429 two-classroom school buildings, worth P303.988 million, and spent P9.442 million to rehabilitate old school buildings.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 17, 2011.

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