Most of ARMM’s new buildings for senior high school to be completed by June
Maluso, Basilan (May 23, 2017) – Most of the 167 new buildings for senior high school in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) would be ready in time for the school opening in June, Governor Mujiv Hataman said on Tuesday.
“We are turning these over to the communities because we want these facilities to be used in the upcoming school year, which will start in June,” the governor said. “Many are still struggling in rural areas to get proper education,” he said, referring to the regional government’s move to build more classrooms in far-flung areas.
Gov. Hataman led, on Monday and Tuesday, turnover ceremonies of at least seven of the nine new school buildings with six classrooms each in Basilan. The total amount of the nine new school buildings, which will have 57 new classrooms, is estimated to be at least P70 million.
Among the high schools that will have new buildings this coming school year are those located in Lamitan City and in the municipalities of Maluso, Tuburan, Muhtamad, Tipo-tipo, Sumisip and Lantawan.
“We also hired more or less 300 new teachers in Basilan,” Gov. Hataman said. The construction of the new school buildings is in response to the province’s more than a thousand senior high school students expected to enroll this coming school year.
For the entire ARMM, the regional government has allocated a little over P1 billion that would cover 167 new school buildings with 816 classrooms. The bulk of the new school buildings for senior high school would be in the provinces of Maguindanao, with 75, and in Lanao del Sur, with 51. The rest, or 41 new buildings, would be spread in the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
On top of these, Gov. Hataman said the regional government is also building 12-classroom agri-fishery school in Basilan for high school and college students. (Bureau of Public Information)