A total of P40 million has been allocated to construct two four-storey academic buildings in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela (PLV) and in Valenzuela Polytechnic College (ValPoly), a local official from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) confirmed.
DPWH 3rd District Planning and Design Chief Andres Macaalay said Valenzuela City Congressman Win Gatchalian allotted P20 million to build a four-storey building in ValPoly as part of his infrastructure projects under the General Appropriations Act of 2015.
“Apat na palapag na building ang ipapatayo ni Cong. Gatchalian na maglalaman ng walong machine shops para tugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga technical and vocational students sa ValPoly,” Macaalay said.
The construction of these machine shops is expected to start in August this year and be completed before the end of December 2016.
Such facilities will be used to improve the facilities in ValPoly, which currently offers a wide range of four-year ladderized degree programs and short technical courses, such as electronics, automotive mechanics, and welding.
Meanwhile, the DPWH local chief added that Gatchalian also channeled another P20 million to continue the construction of a multi-purpose academic building in PLV.
Last year, Gatchalian has already allocated P24.5 million to start the construction of the four-storey building in PLV, which will have a total of 12 classrooms that can accommodate an estimate of 600 additional students with the 1:50 teacher-student ratio.
The three-term mayor of Valenzuela City earlier said that constructing additional classrooms and facilities will enable the local public colleges to accommodate more students in the coming school years.
As of 2015, Gatchalian said PLV currently has a total 40 classrooms, which can accommodate about 5,000 students.
Citing school records, the number of college student in PLV is expected to double and has an estimate of 10,000 students by 2018, based on the state college’s projected growth of 1,500 students every year, he added.
Macaalay said DPWH has planned to start right away the second phase of Gatchalian’s infrastructure project in PLV before the end of July this year and is also expected to finish it before the end of April 2016. (Tim Alcantara)