MERGE Catholics in Aguisan, Himamaylan City, raise placards and yellow and white flaglets as they welcome Bishop Louie Galbines.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

135 new classrooms
not ready for June 4


There are 135 out of 192 new classrooms in the Negros Occidental Schools Division that will not be ready for use when classes start on Monday.

However, Dr. Portia Mallorca, Negros Occidental Schools Division superintendent, said yesterday measures are in place to ensure that classes will not be disrupted even with the delay in the completion of the classrooms.

Of the 192 new classrooms allocated for the division, only 57 have been completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways, and 135, hopefully, will be completed by July, DepEd data shows. moremoremore

Contractors told to finish work

Contractors of school buildings in Bacolod City have been advised to finish their projects within the contract duration, or before the school opening next week, Bacolod District Engineer Abraham Villareal said yesterday.

The Department of Public Works and Highways-Bacolod District Office had conducted the bidding for the construction of about 42 public school buildings for 18 elementary and high schools in December 2017.

Villareal said he has suggested the termination of some of the contractors due to the slow progress of work. But the contractors committed to finish the school buildings before the opening of classes. moremoremore


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School supplies in Region 6
within SRP range – DTI exec

ILOILO CITY - Prices of school supplies in Western Visayas were found to be within the Department of Trade and Industry’s Suggested Retail Price range.

Felisa Judith Degala, chief of the Consumer Protection Division of DTI 6, said no retailers have violated the SRP, so far, based on their weekly monitoring. Degala said retailers were required to post the SRP in their stores as a guide to consumers.

With this, she said that consumers could send their complaints to the customer service of DTI if there is overpricing.