DBM: P128m released for school destroyed in Parañaque plane crash
A news release posted on the Official Gazette website said the amount will cover the reconstruction of 80 classrooms in the F. Serrano Elementary School.
“A thorough evaluation by the DepEd found irreparable damage to the building, which then had to be completely demolished. Given that, we need to quickly allocate funding toward the reconstruction of the whole school. We are now fast-tracking the release of funds to begin the construction as soon as possible,” DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said.
He said the program will be charged against the 2011 Calamity Fund, since the Quick Response Fund of the Department of Education is already programmed for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of other projects.
The entire school building burned down after a “Queen Air” light cargo plane crashed into a crowded residential area.
At least 13 people were killed in the incident.
Once the reconstruction is completed, Abad said the school should accommodate the school’s 2,652 grade school pupils.
“We will build enough rooms so the school administration can conduct a single-shift program for its students, instead of putting them on the usual double shift. Once the reconstruction is finished, classes will be back to normal and students can have a school environment more conducive to learning,” he said.
Meanwhile, Abad announced that the DepEd is closing in on its classroom construction target for this year.
“We are serious in our bid to have a zero backlog of classrooms by 2013. To be able to do this, the Aquino government has been tapping different approaches in constructing school buildings, including an important collaboration with the League of Cities to fast-track the construction of classrooms,” he said.
He added classroom-construction projects will be included in the Aquino administration’s Public-Private Partnership program to build the required number of classrooms in one year. – VVP, GMA News