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Saturday, April 12, 2014
School board to allot P9M to rewire school
THE Cebu City Local School Board (LSB) will be undertaking a P9-million rewiring project in all the 137 public elementary and secondary schools in the city.
LSB head Ester Cubero told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday that the project seeks to make
public schools safer for the students.
The rewiring project will be replacing old and substandard electric wires and installations in the schools with new ones, particularly with appropriate wire sizes and properly insulated cable wires, among others.
“It will involve the upgrade of all electrical installations in our schools,” Cubero said in an interview.
Cubero said the rewiring project will help prevent fire in the schools as well as reduce their monthly electricity consumption.
Every month, the City pays almost P2 million for the public schools’ power bills, including those in the night high schools.
Cubero said the rewiring project will be done by the LSB together with the members of the City Government's “Task Force Kahayag.”
Its members include the LSB, Department of Education Cebu City Division, head of the City Council's committee on energy, the Visayas Electric Company, and the Electrical Engineering Association in Cebu City.
At present, Cubero said, the task force is conducting an audit of all electrical installations in the schools to determine how many needs to be rewired.
She said they hope to start the implementation of the rewiring project before the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
The budget for the project will be charged to the more than P200 million Special Education Fund (SEF) for this year.
The SEF is derived from the one percent of the realty taxes collected by the local government unit.
It is used for the operation and maintenance of public schools, construction and repair of school buildings, facilities and equipment, education research, purchase of books and periodicals and sports development, among others.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 12, 2014.