SCHOOL BUILDING. The Department of Public Works and Highways’ Leyte 2nd District Engineering Office constructed a school building at San Pedro Elementary School, MacArthur town. The facility, built at cost of P5.5 million, will help address shortage of classrooms at the said school. (L2DEO)

TACLOBAN CITY– The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Leyte 2nd District Engineering Office (L2DEO), has completed a one-story school building with two classrooms, now utilized by kindergarten, grade 5, and grade 6 pupils and teachers in San Pedro Elementary School (SPES) MacArthur, Leyte, providing a conducive learning environment for both students and teachers.

The recently completed school building project entails a one-story school building with two classrooms measuring 7 meters by 9 meters for each classroom.

It also includes a wash hand area, comfort rooms, new blackboards, electric fans, lighting fixtures, and a ramp for people with disabilities.

According to District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura, providing this conducive facility in SPES will help the pupils to boost their interest in learning. Likewise, experience a better ambiance, a more comfortable environment to learn, and adequate and spacious classrooms set up.

Ruthchille Pesidas, SPES school head, expressed her gratitude to the L2DEO for constructing an additional school building.

“Before the school building was erected, we only had two concrete school buildings that were suitable for the pupils. We utilized makeshift classrooms, which are not conducive to learning. Now that DPWH has granted us a new school building, we are grateful that our pupils are comfortable, and we can easily teach them because of the better learning environment,” she said.

The P5.5-million school building project is funded under the Basic Educational Financial Fund of 2023 in partnership with the Department of Education to enhance the School Building Program (SBP).

The goal of this is to address the countrywide classroom gaps, which continue to be a significant issue for the basic education sector.