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PAGCOR to award P3B to DPWH for construction of additional classrooms

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Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu

TARLAC CITY, April 16 (PIA) -- Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) shall award Friday, April 17, a check amounting to P3 billion to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for construction of more classrooms in public schools under its “Matuwid na Daan sa Silid-Aralan” project.

PAGCOR Chair and Chief Executive Officer Cristino Naguiat Jr., assisted by Education Secretary Armin Luistro, shall turnover the check to DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson in a ceremony at Tarlac National High School main campus with President Benigno Aquino III as witness.

PAGCOR earlier allotted P7 billion for the project.

“The P10 billion total allotment is the biggest funding ever provided by our agency for a single project,” Naguiat said in a press statement.

“This is our biggest legacy to the Filipino youth, to provide a comfortable and healthy environment that will encourage students to study even more. We will continue to do our share with the valuable help of Department of Education (DepEd) and DPWH,” Naguiat added.

Under the project, DepEd identifies the public schools which are in need of new classrooms while DPWH handles the construction.

Out of almost 4,500 classrooms being built under the first P7 billion funding, about 1,124 in 239 sites had been completed.

To date, PAGCOR’s school building project has reached even far-flung communities including Tawi-tawi, Sultan Kudarat, Cotabato, Lanao del Sur, Catanduanes, Palawan, Bukidnon, Masbate, Compostela Valley, and Bogo City and Bantayan Island in Cebu.

Moreover, close to 1,300 typhoon-resilient classrooms are being constructed in over 300 sites in areas devastated by “Yolanda” in 2013.

Each classroom measures 7 x 9 meters, which is bigger compared to the typical 6 x 7 meters to 7 x 8 meters.

They also have higher ceilings and are elevated and can accommodate up to 60 students with still ample space to move around.

Other major features of the buildings include storage rooms, a stage, a walkway, and wheelchair access for students with disabilities.

For multi-storey edifices, separate comfort rooms for boys and girls are provided.

The school buildings also have a concrete gutter with parapet and an iconic architectural design that would easily distinguish it as PAGCOR’s. (CLJD-PIA 3)