Drilon and Filipino-Chinese to build more classrooms in the country
By Jason de Asis
SENATE OFFICE, Manila, January 20, 2011-Senator Franklin Drilon and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to build more classrooms in the country where they forged ties amounting to Php50 million deal Tuesday night at Binondo, Manila.
The MOA targeted to create cost-effective public school buildings in the provinces of Benguet, Bulacan, Laguna, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Zamboanga and Davao, among many others, stating that the project will come from the priority development assistance fund of the Senator while the FFCCCII with the 170 umbrella business group is the implementing agency to be administered by the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH).
Drilon said that they have been supporting the school-building program with the FFCCCII for nearly a decade to contribute to the country’s educational infrastructure, adding that the construction of each classroom by FFCCCII is about half the cost of classrooms built by the government.
Since the Drilon-FFCCCII school-building program started in 2002, the program has built about 1,400 classrooms all over the country for the purpose of investing for the future of the youth.
In a study by the Education department for 2010-2011, the Philippines will face an estimated shortage of 152,569 classrooms based on a ratio of 45 students to one classroom. (Jason de Asis)
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