By Betheena Unite
A total of 47 school buildings have been completed in Southern Leyte in time for the opening of classes on Monday.
Ninety-six classrooms, designed to withstand natural disasters, were built under the Department of Education’s Basic Education Facilities Fund, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The school buildings were constructed in 13 towns in the province, DPWH-Southern Leyte District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia said.
Seven buildings are in Maasin City; a total of ten buildings were built in Bontoc, Hinundayan, and St. Bernard; four buildings in Silago; three each in Padre Burgos, San Francisco, and Sogod towns; two buildings each in Limasawa, Malitbog, and Hinunangan towns; and one each in Liloan, Macrohon, Tomas Oppus, Pintuyan, Anahawan, and Libagon towns.
“These resilient classrooms that can be converted into an evacuation center are vital here in Eastern Visayas as the province is susceptible to natural calamities,” said Junia.
The structural components of the school facilities such as footing, column, and beam were improved based on the upgraded design approved by the DPWH and education department, the district engineer noted.
The construction of the schools started on the fourth quarter of 2017 and will be ready to accommodate thousands of students this June.
Data showed that the agency has constructed a total of P1.21-billion worth of classrooms and technical vocational facilities in Southern Leyte.