DPWH constructs 30 school buildings in Upper Kalinga

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Jan. 19 (PIA) -- Four municipalities in Upper Kalinga are recipients of 30 units of school buildings that are now being constructed by the Upper Kalinga District Engineering Office (UKDEO) of the Department of Public Works and Highways.


OIC District Engineer Teodoro Owek reported that the school buildings with a total funding of P126 million are being built in the municipalities of Tinglayan, Lubuagan, Pasil and Balbalan to address classroom shortage in said areas. Some of the new buildings are replacement to validated dilapidated school structures.

Of the 49 proposed school building projects for 2017, only 30 were funded. The Special Advise and Release Order (SARO) for these projects was issued last December. He said one-unit building has two rooms and at least P3 million funding per unit.

“All contractors were mobilized to start construction. For those in hard-to-reach areas, problems in transport, hauling and distance of source of aggregates were validated and considered during the planning stage as well as their funding,” Owek said. Some buildings are targeted for occupancy by students during the school opening this June.

In another development, Owek informed that UKDEO will receive this year P829 million in regular budget for infrastructure projects. The substantial allocation was worked out by Kalinga Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build Build Build” program. Peter A. Balocnit (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)


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