MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Thursday that it has already approved the release of more than P5.8 billion for the construction of 1,834 new classrooms across the country.

According to the DBM, Budget Secretary Mina Pangandaman approved the P5,830 Special Appropriation Release Order (SARO) for the joint request of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Education (DepEd) on March 18th.

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The amount marks the first batch of DepEd's Basic Education Facilities Fund (BEF).

β€œThe timely release of funds for the project signifies our dedication and commitment to helping build a better future for our young students,” said Pangandaman.

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The BEF should be used for the improvement and maintenance of school facilities such as classroom and workshop buildings, replacement of dilapidated old buildings, provision of furniture, repair and rehabilitation of classrooms, including water and sanitation facilities, and electrification.

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Part of the resources will also be allocated to the construction, replacement and completion of pre-school, primary and secondary education buildings, as well as technical-professional laboratories.

It would also include the modernization and installation of disability access facilities, ensuring compliance with DPWH's principles of accessible and universal design.

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