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24 more classrooms
to be built in NegOr

Some 24 more classrooms for various public elementary and high schools in Negros Oriental will soon be built in line with the new governor's aim to continue the education program started by the late Gov. Emilio C. Macias II.

Gov. Roel Degamo said around P20 million has been allotted from the provincial government's Special Education Fund to finance the construction of the two-classrooms-in-one-building projects, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.

“Construction will immediately start as soon as the School Board approves this when they convene this Friday,” Degamo said.

The governor had earlier written to the Department of Education to quickly address the shortage of public teachers in the province. “We need 50 more teachers for the province but until now I haven't received a response from DepEd yet,” Degamo said.

The press release also said Degamo is intent on making sure DepEd provides a teacher complement for every classroom that the province will build under the Basta NegOr Education-104 program, a brainchild of the late Gov. Macias which the new governor has continued under the new name “Basta NegOr 104 Mag Degamo Kita” in reference to his last name.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro had earlier committed to provide teacher-complement for the province, added.

Since the program began, Education-104 has produced 148 classrooms in the province in response to the persistent problem of lack of classrooms and teachers here resulting to overcrowded classrooms and multi-level teaching set-up, the press release said.*


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