The Quezon City Government has completed a total of 99 school infrastructure projects from 2019 to 2022.
Based on data provided by the City Engineering Department, the city rehabilitated 33 school buildings, upgraded electrical systems of 35 schools, provided 15 water and sanitation posts, improved 12 school sites, and constructed four school facilities in a span of three years.
“Although we have a strict and rigorous bidding and procurement process, the city was able to accomplish various projects for our schools. Ilan pa lang ito sa ating mga plano at patuloy tayong nakikipag-ugnayan sa Schools Division Office (SDO) para alamin kung anu-ano pa ang pwedeng maitulong ng lokal na pamahalaan para sa mga paaralan,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
There are also 26 on-going projects in various schools. A total of 30 projects, on the other hand, have been proposed and are being evaluated for engineering intervention.
Aside from construction projects, the city provided 250,054 tablets with internet connectivity to Grade 4 to Grade 12 students in public schools, 710,371 learning kits, 6,875,846 modules, and 430,438 hygiene kits for all levels in the past three years. 4,784 beneficiaries also received education assistance.
Presently, QC has started the delivery of 17,000 tablet armchairs for 21 public high schools. Additional tablet armchairs are scheduled to be procured by the City Government. School supplies will also be distributed to students in the coming days, as well as tablets for Grade 1 to Grade 3.
To support the operations and maintenance of public schools, the City contracts office aides, security enforcers, utility and other personnel to support their manpower needs.The city also allocated all public schools with internet subscription, duplicator machines, photocopier machines and printers. Just recently, the City turned over 20 motor vehicles and 1 delivery van to the Schools Division Office.
Teachers also receive monthly and quarterly allowances from the city, as well as internet and laptops. Additional allowances are also provided for Alternative Learning System (ALS) teachers and Madrasah teachers.
For city-operated day care centers, the city issued nearly 100,000 books and storybooks to pupils, as well as school supplies, hygiene kits, medical supplies, and food packs. Handang Magbasa Manuals were also given to daycare parents and child development workers. The centers also received books, foot pedal alcohol dispensers, and thermal scanners from the city government.
To further support inclusive education, the local government gave 300 sets of SPED assessment packages, 60 units of Smart TV, 3,600 ALS modules, worksheets, and mental health program manuals for teachers and Madrasah modules and supplementary learning materials. Braille embossers were also provided.