400 classrooms almost complete – DPWH
STA. BARBARA – The Department of Public Works and Highways has almost completed the 400 classrooms needed to accomodate senior high school students in different towns of central Pangasinan.
Marieta Mendoza, Pangasinan Second District Engineering head, said 312 classrooms are already being used, while 88 classrooms are about 80 percent complete and are expected to be turned-over to the Department of Education in July.
The construction of the schoolbuildings in four towns were delayed because of different problems like lack of water in the area, the school is the barangay is from highway and the builders need more time to bring materials to the site.
Also the soil in some towns, like in Calasiao and Bayambang have problems with low soil bearing capacity, Mendoza said.
At the Calasiao Comprehensive National High School for example, the soil could hardly carry the four-story building so the foundation design was changed to mat design, or thick reinforced concrete slab covering the entire bottom of the building.
Schoolbuildings now are three or four storeys high with up to 12 classrooms.
Taller buildings occupy small lots, which is more practical especially barangay high schools have limited lot areas. Mendoza said.
The schoolbuidings which are still under construction are in Sta. Barbara, Malasiqui, Bayambang and Calasiao.
Mendoza said she has asked the contractors to expedite the construction of the unfinished buildings. YOLANDA SOTELO
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