UNKNOWN to many, the lack of school buildings is one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the delivery of quality education in various public schools across the country.
And some sectors attributed the problem to the inability of the national government to implement its school building program despite the availability of funds.
No less than a well-meaning member of the House of Representatives noted that in some places, a number of legal impediments delay the implementation of the program.
Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez said some donated school sites lack proper legal documentation, like transfer of ownership to the Department of Education (DepEd).
Aware of this, Benitez sought the summary titling in favor of DepEd of real properties used as school sites.
He filed House Bill (HB) No. 4350, which also seeks to declare the education department as the prima facie owner of all unregistered qualified school sites in the country.
The Negros Occidental solon said there’s a need to effectively address the ownership controversies that continue to torpedo efforts to speed up the constriction of more school buildings.
The proposed measure also directs the government to guarantee prompt payment of just compensation for the acquisition of lands where public school buildings have been built.
Let’s develop world-class professionals if we have to remain as one of the world’s major exporters of quality medical doctors, nurses, engineers, teachers and even seafarers.
Certainly, without enough school buildings, government-owned educational institutions may find it hard to produce world-class professionals.