SP: Schools under construction since 2014 still uncompleted

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) expressed concern over several new public school structures in Bohol which have not been completed even if construction started as early as two years ago.

Several members of the SP during a committee of the whole assembly on Monday said that most schools that lag in construction completion are in Balilihan, San Miguel, Cortes and Buenavista.

The discussion was an offshoot of Board Member Abel Damalerio’s privilege speech which tackled long completed public school structures in San Miguel which have not been turned over to school officials.

Department of Education (DepEd) officials who were present during the session assured the SP that they will be submitting a complete list of under construction and completed public schools.

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He also told the Provincial Board that they have been making sure that contractors are following their standards in terms of materials used.

However, Engr. Domingo Lamoste, DepEd Bohol physical facilities coordinator, said that not all school projects in Bohol are divided under DepEd as others are handled by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Officials from the DPWH also attended the session to answer the SP queries regarding the apparent delay in turnover and completion of school buildings.

Three years after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Bohol and damaged structures including schools, many students in the province still hold classes in makeshift and temporary classrooms. (Rey Tutas)

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