The Leyte 2nd District Engineering District Office completed the construction of the P11.99 million worth four-classroom building in Buenavista Elementary School in Jaro, Leyte. (L2DEO)

TACLOBAN CITY– The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Leyte 2nd District Engineering Office (L2DEO), is currently building a one-story, 4-classroom school building in Buenavista Elementary School in the town of Jaro, Leyte.

According to District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura, each classroom will measure 7-meter by 9-meter with provisions of comfort rooms, a wash hand area, new blackboards, electric fans, lighting fixtures, and a ramp for people with disabilities.

DPWH and the Department of Education (DepEd) partnership aim to address the nationwide classroom shortage in high-priority schools nationwide, which remains a major problem for the basic education sector.

Christina Arante, Kindergarten 1 (K1) teacher, stated that, currently, they have 103 pupils enrolled from K1 to Grade 6.

“Once the new school building is completed, classrooms from K1 to Grade 6 will be moved to the new infrastructure, thus providing a reliable facility for the teachers and pupils for a conducive place to teach and learn as well as beneficial to their physical and emotional health,” she said.

The project has a total project cost of P 11.99 million under 2023 DepEd-Basic Education Facilities Fund and is expected to be completed by April 2024 with 58.37% reported work accomplishment.