DepEd Defers Proposal to Install Aircon in Public Schools: ‘Napakarami pang paggastusan’

DepEd Defers Proposal to Install Aircon in Public Schools

The Department of Education (DepEd) has deferred the proposal to install air conditioning units in public schools, citing other prioritized expenses despite the ongoing challenges of extreme heat weather conditions.

DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa clarified that the department has budget constraints and needs to allocate resources to various other areas.

This statement came in response to the suggestion made by Willy Rodriguez, President of the Parents-Teachers Association Federation, who emphasized the need to air-condition classrooms to address the disruptions in learning caused by the intense heat in certain areas.


“Ang isang solusyon diyan ay hindi calendar change, hindi rin modular. Ang solusyon diyan, magkaroon tayo ng air-conditioned classroom for public schools. Kung makikita n’yo, walang reklamo ang ating mga private schools. Napakadali gumawa ng aircon kung tutuusin,” Poa said.

Poa further elaborated that DepEd recognizes the challenges of the hot weather, but alternative measures can be employed to continue classes.

He emphasized that while there are strict budget limitations, DepEd remains committed to finding practical solutions to ensure the continuity of education for students.


“Of course… we have fiscal restrictions sa budget. Napakarami pa, hindi lang aircon ang problema natin, napakarami pa nating mga dapat paggastusan sa ating mga classrooms,” Poa added.

DepEd had previously mentioned that school heads have the discretion to suspend face-to-face classes and adopt modular distance learning in response to extreme weather conditions, such as the scorching heat and power outages experienced in certain parts of the country.

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