DepEd gets P2B to build classrooms

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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) donated P2 billion to the Department of Education (DepEd) to construct up to 2,000 classrooms in public schools by the end of 2014.

Under an agreement signed on Friday, the state gaming corporation reserved the prerogative to chose the beneficiaries and the areas where these classrooms would be built from a list provided by the DepEd.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, who signed the memorandum of agreement together with Pagcor chief Cristino Naguiat Jr. and Education Secretary Armin Luistro, said he might ask for an exemption from the election ban on disbursing public funds at the regional level “to fast-track the construction of some classrooms in time for the opening of classes in June.”

Luistro said “the support of our partners from the government and the private sector will bring us closer to our goal of achieving a zero backlog in classrooms under the term of President Aquino.”

The Department of Public Works and Highways will undertake the actual construction based on the DepEd’s architectural plans for the classroom structures. This will be “subject to Pagcor’s final approval,” a statement from the gaming corporation also said.

Pagcor’s donations are part of what they tag “Matuwid na Daan sa Silid Aralan” project, which supports the Aquino administration’s program to fill the shortage of classrooms.

Each year, however, the classroom shortage goes up due to the annual increase in enrollment, a statement from

“By December 2013, we hope to finish the construction of the 66,800, which are part of the backlog identified in 2010,” he said.

Luistro reported that more than 32,000 classrooms have been built as of December 2012.

Luistro said the classrooms that will be constructed using Pagcor’s P2-billion donation will cover the backlog that was not included in 2010.

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  • FORTHE GOOD

    Things are really being done! Onwards to zero backlog in classrooms!

    Godspeed Philippines.

  • Garibaldi_II

    Very good. And, the Dept of Education should also hire a comparable number of teachers.

  • Rolly257

    Getting better, step by step.

  • catmanjohn

    One can only hope that there will be an equal distribution of funds across the Philippines, but especially in the neglected south, where the oversight and construction of these schools and classrooms will be free of graft and corruption. Let us also hope that the standards of construction will serve multiple purposes, including public disaster relief, and ultimately, let’s not squander this opportunity to get it done right.

  • Juan Mendoza Jr.

    that’s a lot of money again! :)

  • Fulpol

    they better donate the money to GMA7 Kapuso Foundation…

    for building classrooms..

    trust, honesty, competency, quality… they have it…

  • Sherwin Dennis Mones

    Let’s give this initiative a chance!

  • JasonBieber

    All that money gets thrown at building classrooms project so the only hope now is that classrooms actually get built.

    Pagcor is a government run corp. so it shows that there is indeed money available to the Philippine government. It would great if Malacanang were to use the funds properly to help the Filipino masses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tarcayera Tess Arcayera

    Good goal, I just hope it will be achieved. I also hope that in the implementation of this project, the “lolongs” will not come in so that quality school buildings will be constructed.

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