May 23, 2024

Seven school buildings worth P210 million will soon be constructed this year in various municipalities of Benguet to further improve learning in the province.

Rep. Eric Go Yap said he has recently secured funding from the national government for the infrastructures to address the gap in classroom-to-student ratio in the province. 

In line for construction this year are two-story four-classrooms in Tacadang National High School in Kibungan, a three-story 13 classrooms and a science laboratory in Ambangeg NHS in Bokod, a four-story eight classrooms in Loo NHS in Buguias, and a two-story four classrooms in Liang Primary School in Itogon.

Also in the pipeline are a three-story 15 classrooms in Gov. Bado Dangwa Agro Industrial School in Kapangan, a three-story 15 classrooms in Taneg Elementary School in Mankayan, and a two-story six classrooms in Indaoac ES in Tuba.

Yap said the funds came from the Department of Education, which he lobbied to be able to secure the funding. 

“Normally, nakakalimutan ang Benguet, laging budget for repairs and rehabilitation lang ang meron kaya lalong lumalaki ‘yung disparity ng quality ng education compared to other regions,” Yap said.

The lawmaker said two school buildings will be completed this year with the three-story nine classrooms building in Sinipsip NHS in Buguias and a four-story 10 classrooms in Ambiong NHS in La Trinidad.

Construction of the new school buildings not only is an investment in the educational needs of the province, but also offers modern facilities conducive to effective teaching and learning.

Aside from the school buildings, he cited the importance of the road opening in Tacadang, Kibungan which aided in the easier hauling of materials at the construction site.

Prior to the road opening, it was costly to construct buildings in the remote area, but now it is more manageable.

“That’s one of the reasons why we continue building more roads, so access to basic services will be much easier,” he said. – Ofelia C. Empian