NAVAL, Biliran-The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO) target to finish all senior high school buildings in the entire province of Biliran by August or September this year.  District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr. during the Kapihan: Pulong-pulong ng Bayan on Radyo Natin Fm, said that the target completion of the school building projects, which were supposedly finished by June before opening of classes, was extended due to the failure of the sub-soil exploration tests. Engr. Adongay clarified that the completion of the senior high school buildings are dependent on the result of the subsoil exploration test and the release of the additional funds.

“Meron kaming mga projects na nabid-out na but ang nangyari during the subsoil exploration test ay nag-fail, so irere-design namin yan so additional funding yan, nirequest namin sa higher authorities kasi mag-iiba yung foundation niya, mas tataas yung volume niya ng concrete at mas lalalim ang kanyang excavation works so until now hinihintay pa namin yan (release of funds),” he said. Adongay points out that the main problem in the implementation of school building projects are the site identified by the Department of Education.  The district engineer suggested that the DPWH and DepEd should have a joint evaluation and identification of building sites because its terrain is one to be considered in the budget allocation.

“Kaya dapat talaga sa identification palang ma-identified namin kung ano talaga ang dapat tatrabahuin diyan for example yung leveling, yung scope of work sa excavation, aside sa subsoil exploration,” Engr. Adongay said. As of July, 2016, Engr. Adongay reported that Biliran DEO have already posts 59.43% for the school building projects.
Out of the 30 school buildings projects, 11 are already completed, 4 not yet started, 5 are still on-going and 10 are substantially completed.  Adongay explained that they still didn’t allow classes to hold on those substantially completed buildings to ensure the safety of teachers and students. (PR)