Monday, June 8, 2015

DepED spends P786M on 
senior high classrooms

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol June 5 (PIA) --Within the school year, the government through the Department of Education (DepED) would be spending over P786 million just to equip secondary schools with classrooms for the senior high schools. 

Bohol Division School Governance and Operations Chief Desiderio Deligero said the sum comprises of 241 classrooms in Bohol's second district, 226 classrooms in Bohol's Third District and 112 class rooms for the First District. 

At the Kapihan sa PIA last week, Deligero, also said the sum of 579 new classrooms for Bohol's senior high schools have been bid by the public works department and would be erected in 119 school sites all over the province. 

Biggest chunk of budget for classrooms among the districts fall for Congressman Aristotle Aumentado's district with P331,519,345. Congressman Arthur Yap's district comes next with P298, 244,783 while the first district of Congressman Rene Relampagos gets P156,869,535. 

Some of the classrooms are now built, some are still being constructed, but Deligero assures that with the projects already bade out, its completion within the year is assured. 

Of the elementary levels, the earthquake of 2013 ruined a good number of classrooms that the DepED identified 1260 class rooms for replacement in the high schools and 1567 in the elementary. 

For the high schools, the DepEd has completed 268 class room replacements using the Quick Response Fund assistance while an initiative of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) funded 216 of these new classrooms. 

Meanwhile, PAGCOR has constructed 91 standard classrooms this school year, Deligero said. 

As of April 30, he added, the Dep[ED in Bohol has completed 623 replacement classrooms while another 166 have been constructed by interest groups making a total of 789 classrooms readied for the school opening. 

He also said that the rest, or some 622 of the classrooms which have been funded by the newly released batch 3 of the Basic Education Facilities Fund (BEFF).

As for major repairs, DepEd identified 985 classrooms all over Bohol, and as of the last weeks of May, 2015, the repairs, which suffered from lack of available supply material and carpenter construction workers achieved a combined accomplishment of 25%. 

Deligero however is certain these constructions can be completed in time for the end of June. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Health authorities raise alarm on 
increased teen pregnancies, STIs 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol June 5, (PIA)--City health authorities have agreed on naming health challenges that could make or unmake Tagbilaran as a new economic growth center as envisioned by the Cities Development Initiatives Project. 

Tagbilaran City Health Task Group for the CDI, a foreign-funded Cities Development Initiative (CDI) has identified early teen pregnancy and increasing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as causes for concern if the city is indeed into the economic growth rail. 

At the second Health Working Group Meeting Friday at the Soledad Suites, health sector working group members led by City Health Officer Dr. Apollo John Bernaldez, doctors at the City Health Office, Department of Health, partner health practitioners, non government organizations and academe sector representatives validate the two as key development challenges that the city needs to address. 

City health authorities in fact named a consistent rising trend in adolescent pregnancy in Manga District, which apparently has caused enough alarm to raise the topic. 

Elsewhere however, the problem may not be as pronounced, considering the natural tendency of closed Boholano families to just clam it up and hide unwanted pregnancies. 

Leonita R. Relamida, PHN II, City Population Officer designate and Family Planning Coordinator, who keeps track and monitors the figures, noted the spike in early pregnancies in the last two years. 

With what she found out, she pushed the button to get local attention and hopefully present a level-headed program that would help the youngsters into informed decision before committing to any life changing plunge. 

Relamida also hopes that parents, who exercise the responsibility of making sure their kids are comfortably settled, would double up on the task, while the community would be back in its ideal role as string support for identity crisis-laden kids. 

At the meeting, task group members also agreed that Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RP/RH) dissemination activities should be given to key officials to generate policy support. The participants also think that school based parents groups can re-strengthen parents and kid's ties and in the process, maximize the involvement of Parents Teachers Associations (PTAs) in keeping grips with school teens. 

Apart from early pregnancies, authorities at the City Health Office also see a rise in sexually transmitted infections in Tagbilaran. 

For these two, authorities want to double up on information education sorties with documentaries and film showings, instead of the usual lectures and fora for teeners. 

Health sector representatives also see the crucial role of peers in popularizing health concepts, one that is already among the task group's next steps. 

For the STI, city health workers suggest the reorganization of Bar Owner's Association to help encourage their affiliated commercial sex workers to submit for regular hygiene check-up while running a parallel STI HIV-AIDS orientation, even as Bohol ranks second in the region's HIV affectation. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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