By ROXANNE FRIJAS
BAGUIO CITY — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is still in the process of completing school building projects in preparation for K12.
According to DPWH-Baguio City District Engineering Office (BCDEO) Engineer II John Paul D. Buliyat, out of the 22 projects in line, six are completed as of May 2016. The completed projects will then be turned over to the school administration. He said that it has been Baguio City High School which has achieved the most number of constructed structures since 2014.
When asked about the readiness of these schools to accommodate the incoming students, Buliyat said that the Department of Education (DepEd) has the ability to answer the question. “Para sa akin, hindi. If you visit other schools na hindi pa mabigyan ng pagkakataong mapagawan ng maayos na pasilidad, nakakaawa,” he added.
“May pondo ang DepEd. Location ‘yung problema,” Buliyat said. “Dagdag pa rito, ‘yung mga isinusumiteng proposed standard plan ng DepEd, kailangan pang i-revise to suit the actual condition.”
Meanwhile, the department is said to speed up its efforts by encouraging overtime work so the publication of the projects will be posted immediately for bidding.
DPWH, in cooperation with DepEd and other local government units (LGUs), started the planning and bidding on July 2015. Buliyat confirmed that the actual labor started in August. “Maraming late nag-start kung kaya’t late din sa naging preparation,” he admitted.
It is expected that approximately 70%-80% of the entire project will be finished at around August-September this year.
“Yung sa ibang school kasi, marami at malalaki ‘yung mga pinapagawa,” he said.
Furthermore, DPWH-BCDEO Engineer II Ariel S. Cabutotan said that there is no space anymore. With regard to the site where the buildings are going to be built, vegetation can be a cause of delay. There are areas that are bound by the rules of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“Halimbawa na lamang na kung may nakatanim na puno sa pagtatayuan ng gusali, hindi natin ito basta-basta maaaring putulin na lang kaya kailangang humanap ng ibang lugar,” Cabutotan explained.
Due to unstable weather conditions, ongoing construction is being strictly supervised.
Since the terrain here in the Cordilleras is sloping, the infrastructures must be specialized to be feasible.
“We’re doing our best. Mahirap mag-umpisa. We cannot say na ‘yung transitions, madali,” Buliyat said. # nordis.net