Typhoon-resilient school buildings are being constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) this year in response to the shortage of classrooms and facilities in Leyte.
Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Visayas (OPAV) Assistant Secretary Jonji Gonzales reported on Friday that the DPWH has finished the construction of one school building located in Sta. Cruz Elementary School in Mayorga, Leyte.
Construction of typhoon resilient school buildings is a long-term investment that could serve as evacuation centers during calamities.
“Inaasahang magkakaroon na ang mga teachers at students ng conducive learning environment when face-to-face classes will be allowed [It is expected that our teachers and students can now have a conducive learning environment once face-to-face classes will be allowed],” he said during the Network Briefing News with host Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar.
Asec. Gonzales noted that the new school building is designed to withstand strong typhoons and earthquakes, considering that Eastern Visayas is exposed to natural calamities.
“Construction of typhoon resilient school buildings is a long-term investment that could serve as evacuation centers during calamities. Ang patuloy na construction ng mga school buildings ay bahagi ng objectives ng DepEd at DPWH [Construction of typhoon resilient school buildings is a long-term investment that could serve as evacuation centers during calamities. The ongoing construction of school buildings is part of the objectives of DepEd and DPWH],” he said, noting that this project also supports the Build, Build, Build program of the government.
DPWH is tasked to implement five school buildings amounting to P24 million for the year 2020 under the Basic Education Fund of the Department of Education.
Western Visayas records 6.4% growth in 2019
Meanwhile, Asec. Gonzales discussed the 2019 economic performance of Western Visayas, which was among the five regions outside the National Capital Region that had gross regional domestic product (GRDP) above the national average: Bicol (7.4%), Davao Region (7%); Ilocos Region (6.9%); Cagayan Valley (6.7%); and Western Visayas (6.4%).
This is higher by 1.6% of the region’s 4.8% growth recorded in 2018. Its economy outperformed Central and Eastern Visayas with growth rate of 5.9% and 5.3% respectively.
According to Asec. Gonzales, Western Visayas economy was valued at P915.3 billion last year, with the biggest contribution from the service sector at 62.1%.