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DepEd asks P86.5 billion for rehab of schools

DepEd asks P86.5 billion for rehab of schools

The Department of Education needs P86.5 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of school buildings and classrooms, an official said.

DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla said that the amount will cover all schools nationwide.

But, the Department of Budget and Management approved only P5.9 billion for schools in 5th and 6th class municipalities.

Sevilla said that DepEd had a P40 billion backlog in repairs.

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“That is the problem that we will face in 2023 because even if we want to consider the other level of cities and municipalities with this given budget, we have to just prioritize the 5th and 6th municipalities,” she said.

Sevilla said that the department can start repairing and building classrooms in 2023 if the needed budget will be released.

“We also had the soil testing done in all school so we are ready with school building data,” Sevilla said.