By Betheena Kae Unite
A number of infrastructure projects, including a road widening undertaking and construction of school buildings, were recently completed in some towns in the province of Cagayan, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Friday.
A 4.23-kilometer portion of the Maharlika Highway has undergone widening. An additional lane was constructed on both sides of the road segment from Barangay Baculud in the town of Iguig to Barangay Babayuan in Amulung.
According to District Engineer Danilo Tabilas, the road widening project was implemented with a P56-million budget under the 2018 Regular Infrastructure Fund.
The road widening is expected to hasten the delivery of goods and services, increase the number of tourists visiting the province, and lessen traffic congestion, Tabilas said.
Moreover, 10 school buildings across Cagayan Province were also completed, providing different schools with more than 60 classrooms.
Nine school buildings with a total of 58 classrooms were built in different schools in the municipality of Baggao in Cagayan.
The school buildings in Baggao were constructed in Agaman Sur Elementary School, Assasi Elementary School, Mocag Elementary School, San Vicente Elementary School, Baggao National Agricultural School, Baggao National School of Arts and Trades, Baggao National School of Arts and Trades – Sta. Margarita Annex, and Agaman National High School.
Based on a report from DPWH-Cagayan First District Engineering Office, the school buildings were constructed under a P78.8-million fund under the Basic Education Facilities Fund (BEFF) of the Department of Education (DepEd).
“We implement the construction of additional school buildings to help maintain the ideal class size and teacher-student ratio for quality education,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said.
The single-storey buildings in primary schools have three classrooms each while national high schools were provided with two-storey buildings with four to 12 classrooms.
Each building is equipped with comfort rooms and accessibility ramps which are intended for the inclusivity of persons with disabilities (PWD).
“These buildings are ready to provide a conducive learning environment to over a thousand elementary and senior high school students,” the secretary said.
Meanwhile, a two-storey building that houses eight classrooms with comfort rooms was delivered in Amulung National High School to aid the increasing number of students.
“These new, sturdy, and comfortable classrooms (in Amulung town) will cater a total of 400 students and provide a conducive learning environment that will enable both teachers and students to exhibit their full potential,” Villar added.
A total of P16 million was spent to completed the school building which was also funded under the BEFF of DepEd.