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DBM sets P5.83-b to build more classrooms in public schools

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The Department of Budget and Management has approved the release of P5.83 billion to build 1,834 new classrooms across 216 locations in the country.

DBM Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said the release of the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) followed a joint request from the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Education.

“The timely release of funds for the project signifies our dedication and commitment to help in building a brighter future for our young learners,” Pangandaman said.

The amount released will support the first batch of DepEd’s Basic Education Facilities Fund.

The BEF covers the improvement and maintenance of school facilities, such as the provision of classroom and workshop buildings, replacement of old dilapidated buildings, provision of furniture, repair and rehabilitation of classrooms, including water and sanitation facilities, and electrification.

The project also includes installing or upgrading disability access facilities, ensuring compliance with DPWH’s accessible and universal design principles.

Water and sanitation facilities and site improvements will likewise enhance educational infrastructure in all income-class municipalities and cities nationwide.

“Together, we shape a Philippines where education is the cornerstone of lasting development and prosperity as envisioned by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. under Bagong Pilipinas,” Pangadaman said.

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