CARMEN, Bohol Teachers of Calatrava Elementary School, barangay Calatrava of this landlocked town, about 53 kms. from capital Tagbilaran City, are wondering why the construction of their new school building was abandoned by the constractor. One teacher, who asked not to be named, told the FREEMAN in an exclusive interview that the contractor just started digging up big holes for building foundation but days after it abandoned the said works, leaving them in limbo. In a separate interview, school principal Belen Cempron confirmed this but she cannot give details of the predicament. Teaching force here has been yearning for new school buildings to replace the old buildings which almost collapsed and cannot be used anymore for dangerous cracks all over following the earthquake last year. They said it?s almost a year but the government?s action is very slow.
According to the teachers that the the Department of Education funded the construction but the Department of Public Works and Highways implemented it. The latter sub-contracted it to a certain BMC constrctuion firm based here. They said that the construction was discontinued by the said contractor since the fund is said not intended for the said school but to Calatrava public secondary school instead.
Cong. Arthur Yap vowed to look into it. Vice-Mayor Pedro Budiongan and barangay chairperson Crisanta Añusa told the tutors to do the same. Yap and other officials inaugurated yesterday a four-classroom ?transitional building made of light materials to house the schoolchildren in this barangay whose old building was destroyed by the tremor. The American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (AmCham) donated the said building. Atty. Archie Gonzales and Rorie Castañares Hinscliff, a Boholana, represented the AmCham.