Llorente National High School students start to enjoy the amenities of their new building funded under the DepEd 2018 Basic Education Facilities Fund. (DPWH-E. Samar)

BORONGAN CITY-The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Eastern Samar completed 54 school buildings in time for the school opening on June 3.
According to District Engineer Manolo A. Rojas, these 54 completed school building projects have a total of 118 classrooms or workshops worth P301.4 billion.
Further, construction of 46 school building projects is still ongoing with a total of 149 classrooms or workshops and have an allocation of P408.9 billion under the Department of Education (DepEd) 2018 Basic Education Facilities Fund.
Rojas said the new school buildings will accommodate the growing student population in different schools in the province, reaching even to those in the far-flung barangays.
He also assured stakeholders that these school buildings were built observing the right quality and conforming to design and standards.
“I directed all my project engineers to monitor the construction of these school buildings because it is important that these buildings are with standard quality for they serve as the second home of our students,” Rojas said.
DPWH along with DepEd jointly conformed to the standard design for school infrastructure to be calamity-resilient, to withstand strong typhoons and major earthquakes and compliant with the National Structural Code of the Philippines.
Rojas said his office will remain steadfast in its commitment in delivering their basic services to the people specifically the DepEd programs by providing enough classrooms to cope with the shortage of classrooms. (NBQ/SDC/PIA-E. Samar)