A ONE-STOREY, five-classroom school building was recently completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Iloilo 4th District Engineering Office, for Buga Central Elementary School in Leon, Iloilo to augment the increasing number of elementary students coming from Barangay Buga and its neighboring barangays.
According to OIC-District Engineer Mario G. Soriano, the project, in convergence with the Department of Education (DepEd), involved construction of one unit, 1-Storey, 5-Classroom standard size school building in the amount of P6.390 million, which can accommodate approximately 200 students considering the 1:40 classroom:student ratio.
Ms. Corazon C. Campoy, the school principal said that the building is beneficial to the school considering its growing population, which reached to more than 400 students.
“As one of the performing schools in District of Leon II, there is a need for more classrooms to accommodate the increasing enrolment, thus this additional building provided by DPWH and DepEd is significant in providing a truly conducive learning environment,” Campoy said.
Other than the 5-Classroom building, 2 more old buildings were replaced: the 1-Storey, 2-Classroom building; and the 1-Storey, 4-Classroom building, providing a safer and more conducive facility.
“The construction of these three buildings is significant for the safety of the children compared to the previous buildings, which were termite infested and ceilings and walls were in danger of collapsing in case natural calamities such as earthquakes and typhoons strike,” Campoy said.
Campoy added that the new buildings benefit not only the students but the teachers as well since they are spared of too much expenses in terms of classroom improvements.
“In the past, they have to change and purchase materials to reconstruct their displays damaged by termites or destroyed by rain during typhoons since the roofs were leaked,” she stressed
“These new buildings have also contributed much to our stakeholders, the entire community and the town of Leon,” she added./PN