CEBU CITY, July 7, 2023 – The Department of Education (DepEd) highlighted the significance of collaboration between the government and civil society organizations (CSOs) during the ongoing Pilot Roll-Out of the School Building Program Monitoring System.

Spearheaded by the School Infrastructure and Facilities (SIF) strand, DepEd convened with various CSOs to introduce the said monitoring system as a step towards addressing pressing school building-related issues.

Recognizing the urgent need to provide retrofitted classrooms and disaster-resilient school buildings nationwide, DepEd, through the SIF, also emphasized the importance of openly communicating and sharing plans, timelines, and objectives with different members of the organizations.

“There is an urgent need to address the learning gaps in the basic education, studies show improved learning capacity of students being taught inside a regular classroom. If not addressed immediately, it will have profound economic implications for the future of the country—affecting the quality of life, literacy rates, and the overall fabric of Filipino society,” Usec. Densing said.

The General Appropriations Act (GAA) provides a special provision within the Basic Education Facilities Fund (BEFF) to capacitate and involve Civil Society Organizations as partners of DepEd to monitor the construction of school buildings and other infrastructure projects.

The program was attended by CSOs represented by the Parent-Teachers Association, Civil Society Network for Education Reforms (E-Net Philippines), and Cebu City Youth Development Commission.

Cebuano Youth Ambassadors Inc., Supreme Student Government, Unang Hakbang Foundation Inc., Food for the Hungry Inc., World Vision, Quidan Kaisahan, and Bulacao Youth for Service and Empowerment also attended the conference.