THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Iloilo 4th District Engineering Office recently completed a 1-storey, 5-classroom school building at the Buga Central Elementary School in Leon, Iloilo to cater to the increasing number of pupils from Buga and neighboring barangays.
According to OIC-District Engineer Mario G. Soriano, the project, which was implemented with the Department of Education (DepEd), cost P6.390 million and can accommodate approximately 200 students at a classroom-to-student ratio of 1:40.
School Principal Corazon C. Campoy said the building is beneficial to the school considering its growing population, which reached more than 400 students.
As one of the performing schools in District of Leon II, there is a need for more classrooms to accommodate the increasing enrolment, thus this additional building provided by DPWH and DepEd is significant in providing a truly conducive learning environment, Campoy said.
Other than the new classroom building, two more old buildings were replaced the 1-storey, 2-classroom building and a 1-storey, 4-classroom building providing a safer and more conducive facility.
The construction of these three buildings is significant for the safety of the children compared to the previous buildings, which were termite infested and ceilings and walls were in danger of collapsing in case natural calamities such as earthquakes and typhoons strike, Campoy said.
Campoy added that the new buildings benefit not only the students but the teachers as well since they are spared of too much expenses in terms of classroom improvements.
In the past, they have to change and purchase materials to reconstruct their displays damaged by termites or destroyed by rain during typhoons since the roofs were leaked, she stressed
These new buildings have also contributed much to our stakeholders, the entire community and the town of Leon, she added. (DPWH-6/RPAIO)