TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, (PIA) – Some 169 classrooms in 69 different school sites will be constructed in Davao Region for the indigenous peoples.

Cicero Aguilar Jr., deputy national program manager for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), stressed that the establishment of classrooms is a partnership project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Aguilar disclosed that the project costs P500-million, which has been proposed by the DepEd to the Department of Budget Management (DBM) for funding.

According to the data from DSWD, Davao del Norte will get 71 new classrooms to be placed in Kapalong (32 schools) and Talaingod (39 schools).

For Compostela Valley, 16 classrooms will be built in Compostela, seven in New Bataan and two in Monkayo.

Some 46 classrooms will also be spread in Davao Oriental. Baganga will have 12 classrooms, Mati with ten, Caraga and Cateel with eight each, Lupon and Manay with three each and two for Boston.

In Davao City, eight classrooms will be placed in Marilog District and two in Baguio District.

For Davao del Sur, Sta. Cruz will gain seven new classrooms, Jose Abad Santos with four and two each for Digos City, Malita and Matanao.

Rannon Padrinao, project coordinator of Government of Australia-Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, emphasized that their team will soon start with their validation for the school sites. ###