AusAID grants P 68M for Rizal schools’ construction

PROVINCIAL CAPITOL, Antipolo, Rizal, July 1 (PIA) –Twelve school buildings will rise soon at different elementary and secondary schools in Rizal province thanks to a P68-million grant from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) under the Classrooms Construction Initiative-School Building Project for Basic Education (CCI-SBP4BE) of the Department of Education (DepEd).

The two-storey, four-classroom school buildings are complete with toilet facilities. Each school building costs more than P5.7 million with complete toilet facility in each classroom.

For the first batch of school beneficiaries of this classroom construction initiative, five are secondary schools and seven are elementary schools located in Baras, Binangonan, Montalban, San Mateo, Tanay and Taytay. Montalban has the biggest share among the six schools benefitting from the AusAID grant receiving a total of 24 classrooms with toilet facilities.

The school beneficiaries include the Paenaan Elementary School in Baras, Susana Madrigal Elementary School in Binangonan; San Isidro National High School, San Isidro Elementary School, Amityville Elementary School, Kasiglahan Village National High School, Kasiglahan Village Elementary School and Macabud Elementary School in Montalban; San Mateo National High School (Guinayang Annex) and Sto. Niño Elementary School in San Mateo; Tanay East National High School in Tanay; and Muzon National High School in Taytay.

The provincial government welcomed the development and acknowledges AusAID for the initiative and grant, complementing the province’s aggressive school building programs since 2007.

About 30 percent of Rizal’s annual budget for infrastructure has been allocated for the construction of school buildings and other facilities every year. Since 2007, some 209 school buildings have been constructed province-wide, adding some 962 new classrooms not including additional 422 classrooms constructed under the Counter Parting Program between the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Rizal Provincial Government.

Another 464 classroom packages (with toilet facilities and seats/furniture) will also be given to 91 elementary and secondary schools and to the growing inventory of classrooms in the province under Public-Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) of the DepEd.

Outgoing Rizal Governor Jun Ynares said that educational materials and other related equipment will continue to be provided by the provincial government, including the needed facilities by the University of Rizal System (URS), despite it being a state university with its own allocations from the national government. In 2012 alone, the provincial government has appropriated P90 million for URS for its 10 campuses province-wide. (Rizal PIO)


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