Almost P25 million has been allocated for the construction of a new academic building, which hopes to provide a more conducive study environment at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela or PLV, a local official of Department of Public Works and Highways or DPWH said.
DPWH 3rd District Planning and Design Chief Andres Macaalay confirmed the P24.5-million was approved last December after Valenzuela City Congressman Win Gatchalian made the request to enable the state college to accommodate more students.
“The four-storey multi-purpose academic building to be constructed in the PLV can accommodate an estimate of additional 600 students with the 1 (is to) 50 teacher-student ratio,” Macaalay stated in a resolution issued in December 2014.
Gatchalian, an advocate of education, also affirmed that DPWH approved the release of the budget that he requested in order to enable the local college to accommodate more students in the upcoming school year 2015 to 2016.
Citing school records, Gatchalian said PLV currently has a total 40 classrooms, which can accommodate about 5,074 students when the school year 2014 to 2015 started last June.
The state college is expected to double and have an estimate of 10,000 students by 2018, based on the PLV’s projected growth of 1,500 students every year, he added.
Aside from additional classrooms, Macaalay said the building will also have an open space in the ground floor where students and teachers in PLV can hold their extra-curricular activities.
The construction of the multi-purpose building is expected to be completed around June in time with the start of the school year 2015-2016, the DPWH local official added.
Gatchalian is also seeking DPWH’s approval for an additional fund of P40 million to improve the facilities of public colleges in Valenzuela City like the Valenzuela Poltytechnic College (ValPoly) to accommodate the growing number of students.
In that P40 million, P20 million will be used to establish another multi-purpose building in PLV and the other P20 million will be utilized to construct a machine shop in Valenzuela City Polytechnic or ValPoly. (Tim Alcantara)
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