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Manila public schools to offer bigger, better classrooms by next year

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna visits a public elementary school in Manila, accompanied by Vice Mayor Yul Servo and division of city schools superintendent Magdalena Lim. (JERRY S. TAN)

BIGGER, better classrooms.

This, according to Mayor Honey Lacuna, is what students from certain public schools in Manila may expect next year.

According to her, the Dr. Albert Elementary School (DAES) in Sampaloc is now 44.31 percent complete and may be ready by July 2023.

The other schools undergoing construction and which are nearing completion are the Manila Science High School at 59.21 percent and the Rosauro Almario Elementary School, 57.88 percent.

The new R. Magsaysay High School, meanwhile, is expected to be ready for the schoolyear of 2024.

“We expect these schools to be finished in time for next schoolyear. By then, sana, handa na ang mga pinagagawang paaralan,” she said.

The lady mayor said that with bigger classrooms already in place, the city also expects more enrollees.

“Kasi sobra-sobra and mga classrooms as against the estimated enrolees. Kinuwenta na namin against the number of rooms,” Lacuna added.

During her visit to the DAES accompanied by City Engineer Armand Andres and City Electrician Randy Sadac, the mayor said that the huge and high tech classrooms are already in place.

Sturdy railings were also installed to prevent anyone from falling off, since the school building is ten storeys high, as Lacuna notes that youngsters can be reckless in the midst of playfulness.

The mayor also bared that she had directed Andres to study the possibility of putting a passageway that would connect the DAES to the Dapitan Sports Complex where the students may have access to the swimming pool as well as the basketball and tennis courts, saying she herself learned tennis there.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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