DepEd’s school building program
By Office of Senator Chiz
June 25, 2015
PASAY CITY – Senator
Chiz Escudero said the Department of Education (DepEd) failed to
construct a single school building to date despite an allocation of
more than P40 billion for its construction program under the 2015
“We allocated over P40
billion for the school building program for 2015 pero ni isa, June na,
wala pang nagagawang school building under the 2015 budget,” Escudero
told a news forum in Manila on Wednesday.
The senator cited the DepEd
as among the government agencies that lacked absorptive capacity to
spend, thus contributing to public underspending which was largely
blamed for the disappointing economic growth in the first quarter.
At the same time, Escudero
expressed his strong opposition to the public-private partnership
(PPP) project being undertaken by the DepEd for the construction of
new classrooms, saying it was more costly for the government.
“I’m against the PPP for
classrooms kasi may pondo naman tayo e. Bakit mo gagamitin pa sa PPP
‘yung classrooms?” he pointed out.
Escudero said he did not see
the need to contract out the building of classrooms under a project
which the government could have easily implemented itself.
He added that the government
was at the losing end of a deal that gave contractors a return rate of
10 percent, considering that it could borrow three to four percent
“The mode of PPP for
classroom is actually a more expensive way of borrowing to construct
classrooms, when in fact we have sufficient funds to construct our own
classrooms,” Escudero stressed.
Escudero said that engaging
in PPP would not address the risk of corruption in infrastructure
“Kung korapsyon pala ang
problema e ‘yun dapat ang i-address mo. Huwag kang uutang ng mas
mataas,” Escudero said.