A memorandum of agreement between the City of Bacolod and the Department of Education on the 50/50 national and local government counter-parting program for the construction of classrooms and school buildings, was ratified by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City Wednesday.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia and DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin. Luistro, representing Bacolod City and DepEd, respectively, signed the MOA at the DepEd main office on February 9, 2012.
The ratification of the contract was sponsored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairman of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government.
The MOA covers the construction of a three-Storey 24, classrooms building to be financed and procured by the participating local government, or the City of Bacolod.
It also refers to the concomitant obligation of DepEd to procure the same number of classrooms as those to be procured by the city.
The MOA states that DepEd recognizes that the city has the managerial and technical capability to undertake the procurement and implementation of construction projects involving new school buildings.
Under the project, the DepEd and the City of Bacolod will coordinate and support each other in order to realize the common objective of ensuring the sufficiency of classrooms serving the youth for their education.
Distrito said “This agreement is commendable since new classrooms will be constructed in areas within our city that are experiencing acute shortage of classrooms.”
“Considering the budgetary constraints, this program will be implemented through the coordinated efforts of the city and the Department of Education,” he said.
Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson said the MOA covers the construction of the Education and Training Center IV at the Reclamation Area.
Bacolod City will put up the ETCS IV on its property at the Reclamation Area, under the 50 / 50 scheme of the DepEd. This is a 48-classroom building to be built in the 2-hectare property of the city.*CGS