ITOGON, Benguet – The Department of Public works and Highways–First Benguet District Engineering Office (DPWH-FBDEO) recently turned over to the Binga National High School two new school buildings implemented under the agency’s building program to help decongest the school and allow more students to be accepted in the public secondary institution.
The recent simple turnover ceremonies was graced by Gov. Crescencio C. Pacalso, Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan, Benguet Schools Division Superintendent Marie Carolyn B. Verano, Councilor Norberto Pacio, 1st Benguet district engineer Ireneo S. Gallato and other municipal and barangay officials.
Gallato claimed the 2-storey, 8-classroom school buildings have a total project cost of P16 million sourced from the agency’s building program through the convergence of the public works and education departments.
Binga National High School in Tinongdan was one of the recipients of the school buildings programmed by the public works and education departments as part of the national government’s interventions to reduce the backlog of school buildings in the different parts of the country.
The district engineer claimed it is heart-warming to witness the happy faces of the provincial, municipal and barangay officials, the education supervisors, teachers, students and the people when the school buildings were eventually turned over to the administration of the Binga National High School headed by school principal Juliana k. Ingtitan.
Gallato assumed as the District Engineer of 1st Benguet District Engineering office in November last year after a minor revamp in some district offices in the region that was implemented by the new regional director of the Cordillera office of the Department of Public works and Highways (DPWH-CAR).
He claimed more school buildings will be turned over to the recipient schools once the on-going projects will be completed by the contractors awarded by the agency to implement the projects beneficial to the provision of conducive learning environment to the increasing student population in the different parts of the country.
He assured schools that have pending school building projects the agency will closely monitor the compliance of the contractors to the schedule of works they have committed so that the completed structures with corrected defects will be turned over to the recipient public elementary and secondary schools to decongest overcrowded classrooms for the benefit of the teachers and the students alike.
Gallato explained that attending the turnover of various major infrastructure projects will be one of his priorities so that he can inspect the status of the national roads that lead to the different public education institutions in his areas of jurisdiction for him to make proper decisions when there will be urgent needs of repairs of the said roads, among other problems that may arise while he will be in the said sites.