Safe and child-friendly classrooms, aim of DPWH Eastern Samar and DepEd partnership

Borongan City- The deficiency of school buildings is among the major challenges in developing countries like the Philippines, especially in rural areas. 
Completed School Building project of Alang-alang Primary School at Brgy. Alang-alang Gen. MacArthur, Eastern Samar
The government continue funding for the erection school buildings in order to provide bright, safe, child-friendly classrooms so that all children have a better opportunity to pursue quality education in an learning-conducive environment. 

The construction of these school buildings provides an additional learning place of the increasing number of students. 

Through this, quality education will be seen to improve which may produce future leaders in the country. 

With utmost effort of government through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (ESDEO) in partnership with Department of Education (DepEd), the construction of these school building projects are being well-implemented. 

District Engineer Manolo Rojas said that the government now is keen on providing quality infrastructure that are resilient to any natural disaster that may come to the Eastern part of Samar. 

Assistant District Engineer Rudyard Lim expressed that there are challenges in the project implementation such as delayed delivery of materials and deployment of equipment to far-flung and critical areas but the district is exerting efforts to overcome these challenges. 

“We constantly following up project contractors and help them out when they are in need to make sure that the projects are completed on due time,” Lim said. 

According to Engr. Michael C. Ador, ESDEO Construction Section Chief, said that as of July 2016 there are total of 138 School Building (SB) projects. 

Of the total number of school buildings, 6 projects are under Basic Educational Facilities Fund-Batch 1; 106 for Batch 2; 8 for Batch 3; 15 for Batch 4A; and 3 buildings are under the Regular School building Program which are already completed during the 2014 Infrastructure Program. 

For the 2016 Infrastructure Program, there are 83 school buildings projects. Of this number, 26 are under Basic Educational Facilities Fund Senior High School- Batch 1; 3 from Batch 2; 10 from batch 3; 2 from Batch; 38 under Basic Educational Facilities Fund Elementary and Junior High School Batch 6; and 4 under Basic Educational Facilities Fund-Technical and Vocational Facilities/Workshop Building for Senior High School which are already completed as of this month. 

Ador said that students can now study in safe and conducive learning enviroment with the completion of the school buildings.
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