500 classrooms under PPP completed
MANILA, Philippines – Around 500 classrooms in Regions 3 and 4-A were turned over to the Department of Education (DepEd) as part of the public-private partnership (PPP) for School Infrastructure Project Phase 1 (PSIP 1).
More than 120 units of one- and two-storey school buildings were completed by Megawide Construction Corporation and were accepted by DepEd in a ceremony at the San Jose del Monte National Trade School in Bulacan.
The event was attended by Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro and delegations from the recipient schools in Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan, and Bulacan.
"With the help of the private sector we are confident that we can deliver our commitment to public school students,” Luistro said.
The partial turnover of completed classrooms is part of the continuing effort to address the problem of classroom shortage in the country and close the gap of the 66,800 classroom backlog.
The PSIP involves the design, construction, maintenance, and financing of 9,303 classrooms with school furniture, fixtures, and toilets for 2,204 public elementary and secondary schools in Regions 1, 3, and 4-A over a 10-year case contract. The PSIP has a total approved budget of P16.427 billion.
The total contract price was P16.28 billion. Two of the three contracts were awarded to Megawide for Regions 3 and 4-A and BF Construction Corporation for Region 1.
Megawide and BF Construction were given 16 months from the date of contract signing to complete the construction and delivery of the school facilities.