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Friday, 24 November 2023

DBM approves funds for building additional 120 classrooms nationwide

Learners and teachers can expect more classrooms to be built in various schools as Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman approved the joint request of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Education (DepEd) for the release of funds amounting to P303.5 million to construct a total of 120 classrooms in 21 sites nationwide.

Secretary Pangandaman highlighted the need to strengthen the education sector as a crucial factor in promoting the country’s social and human development.

“Education is a chance for every Filipino to improve his or her quality of life. Education empowers us to achieve genuine prosperity as well. But it is also a shared responsibility to work together for the country to achieve complete economic healing and recovery. Let us continue to invest in education,” the budget secretary stressed.

Sec. Pangandaman likewise pointed out that the release of needed funds is in adherence to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.'s directive to improve education facilities to create a conducive learning environment for all learners, including in remote and hard-to-reach areas.

“Bilin po ng Pangulo na dapat bigyan natin ng disente at secured na lugar ang ating mga estudyante at guro para maayos silang makapag-aral at makapagturo. Dapat equal po 'yan at walang pinipiling lugar. Nasa Maynila ka man o sa malayong probinsya, dapat maayos ang education facilities para sa ating mga guro at estudyante,” Pangandaman added.

The request for the release of funds under the Basic Education Facilities (BEF) Batch 2 for Calendar Year (CY) 2023 was approved after the requirements were completed including the list of schools approved by the DepEd Undersecretaries for School Infrastructure and Facilities, and Finance; Budget Execution Document No. 1-Financial Plan; Physical Plan; and Monthly Disbursement Program.

The total authorized appropriation for Special Provisions in the FY 2023 DepEd budget of P15.7 billion is being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). This includes P15.6 billion for the construction, replacement, and completion of kindergarten, elementary, and secondary school buildings and technical vocational laboratories, among others. (DBM/PIA-Caraga)