The Department of Education vowed to start early the construction of classrooms to meet the nationwide shortage especially in public schools.
The Department of Education vowed to start early the construction of classrooms to meet the nationwide shortage especially in public schools.

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education has created a committee and a technical working group to undertake the bidding and procurement of public school buildings to address classroom backlogs under the second phase of Public-Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP II).

Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro said that the Department is on track in its goal to eventually close the nationwide classroom shortage by the end of School Year 2013.

“We believe that we are right on target in tapping the private sector and other education stakeholders in addressing classroom shortage,” Luistro said.

Based on DepEd Order No 4 s. of 2013, DepEd has created an inter-agency
pre-qualification, bids and awards committee after getting an approval for
the Phase II of the PSIP from the National Economic Development Authority
(NEDA).

The Committee is chaired by DepEd Undersecretary Francisco Varela with
DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali as secretary. Its members are
DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo, DPWH Assistant Secretary Ma.
Catalina Cabral, DPWH Director Judy Sese as alternate and DepEd Engineer
Oliver Hernandez.

Acting as observer is Executive Director Cosette Canilao of the Public
Private Partnership Center of the Philippines. To serve as observers are
the Ateneo School of Government, Office of the Solicitor General, the
Commission on Audit and the Office of the Resident Ombudsman.

The PBAC shall be responsible for all aspects of the procurement process
for PSIP II pursuant to the provisions of the RA 6957 as amended by RA 7718
and its implementing regulations. Also, a technical working group composed
of representatives from various sectors was created to aid the PBAC in
performing its responsibilities.

The Phase I of the PSIP consists of 9,301 classrooms covering 2,204 public
elementary and secondary schools. The construction is expected to commence
this February. Phase II targets 10,679 classrooms in 5,167 school sites
covering 14 regions.

PSIP supplements other on-going initiatives of the DepEd to address
classrooms shortage in public schools.