PPP: 1,107 classrooms to be built in Central Luzon under PSIP Phase II

A total of 1,017 classrooms will be built in Central Luzon under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) Phase II Project. 

In a statement, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director and Regional Development Council Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) Chair Severino Santos said: “PSIP is the first social infrastructure PPP project under the Aquino administration that aims to help address the shortage of over 60,000 classrooms nationwide.”

Citicore-Megawide earlier completed 2,885 classrooms in Central Luzon under PSIP Phase I. The ceremonial turnover was witnessed by President Benigno Aquino III during a visit in Malolos City.

The first phase of the project involved the design, financing and construction of 7,144 classrooms in 12 provinces across Regions III and IV-A with a 10-year lease period. 

Design for the classrooms sets it apart from traditional, boxed-in types. Load-bearing walls eliminate the need for wall posts, creating larger classroom spaces while hallway and stair areas were also given wider clearance. 

Megawide also bagged the second phase of PSIP which covers Regions I, II, III, X and CARAGA.

According to Mr. Santos, Bulacan has the most in Phase II with 574 classrooms. It is followed by Nueva Ecija with 144, Pampanga with 121, Bataan with 75, Zambales with 64, Tarlac with 24 and Aurora with 15.