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DepEd on school preparation: We’re on target

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

With the increase of volunteers joining the Brigada Eskwela 2013, the Department of Education (Deped) 7 has high hopes they can get schools ready by the opening of classes on June 03.

In the provinces of Bohol and Cebu, Deped sees no major glitches as no school buildings suffered structural damage from the natural calamities experienced in some parts of the region.

Through the help of the local government units (LGUs) and private organizations in building classrooms, Deped also believed they can achieve the ideal 1:45 teacher-student ratio per classroom or zero classroom shortages.

Deped 7 Officer-in-Charge Director Carmelita Dulangon said the department is pleased with the support of LGUs, non-government organizations and the parents for their involvement.

Dulangon also stated they are also addressing the shortage of chairs and books in the public schools as well as teachers saying they are hiring 5,653 new teachers with qualifications ranging from kinder-garten to secondary education in the entire region.

With the implementation of the K-12 basic education program, Deped will be hiring new teachers every year.

According to Deped 7 Physical Facilities Coordinator Vitor Yntig, the regional office will get 811 new classrooms this June.

Being the biggest division in the region, Cebu Province got the most of the allocation with 190 classrooms. Bohol Province and Cebu City will get 135 and 131 classrooms, respectively.

For 2013, 602 additional classrooms will be built. Some of the classrooms were funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Aside from these, Yntig also informed that there are classrooms they called “makeshifts” as these were built below the standard of Deped but they can be used by students.

“Although wala ni ma-standard ang ilang gidak-on pero dako gyud nig ikatabang ang mga classrooms nga gitukod sa Parent-Teacher Association ug mga LGUs, pasalamat gyud mig dako nila kay masudlan man gyud sa mga estudyante, maka-klase man gyud nga dili na ilawom sa kahoy,” Dulangan said.

Brigada Eskwela is nationwide program of Deped to bring together parents, teachers, individuals, government agencies, business community and civic groups in a voluntary commitment to prepare school facilities for the opening of classes in June.

Dulangon said they will see to it that parents are able to participate the program before the classes start.