Mega Classroom

Two new massive classroom buildings will soon rise in front of the Department of Horticulture (DoH) as part of the final infrastructure projects of the Tulin administration to respond to the ever-growing number of students of the Visayas State University’s flagship campus in Baybay City, Leyte.

The first of these two infrastructure projects will include a 21-classroom building which is going to be built by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and funded under a Congressional insertion through the efforts of the Office of House Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez.

The original plan for this project was a 40-classroom building estimated to cost around 135 million pesos which was the initial proposal submitted to Congress in September last year. 

Because of budgetary constraints in the national government, only 80 million pesos was made available for this very important project prompting the design and architectural teams to convert the project into two phases with the first one to be constructed in June 2024.

The second phase which will include 19 additional classrooms will be submitted back to the House of Representatives in the next congressional budget deliberations to be held within this year, which is expected to be implemented in 2025.

On top of that, another building with 8 classrooms will also be constructed in the same area funded under the income of the university worth 10 million pesos. The construction is expected to commence sometime in March this year.

With this, phase 1 of the mega-classroom building funded through Congressional insertion will be augmented with a smaller academic building that will give the Main Campus a total of 29 new classrooms for this school year alone.

Each of these 29 classrooms can accommodate around 40-50 students. 

In a message, former President and now Vice President for Administration and Finance Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin expressed his sincere thanks to the national government for responding to his plea for more state-of-the-art classrooms that will support the ever-growing needs of VSU.

“I thank Speaker Martin Romualdez for helping us in this very crucial area because our current growth as an institution has become so massive in the past 8 years that it should be complemented by building more classrooms to increase our university’s absorptive capacity. It’s very difficult to build infrastructure with government’s limited resources but we’re very fortunate that we’ve been prioritized by the current Marcos administration in time for our upcoming Centennial celebration,” Dr. Tulin explained.

In September last year, a team of VSU officials attended a courtesy meeting with Speaker Romualdez to discuss the proposed key infrastructure plans of the university that needed government support.

Present in this meeting were former President Tulin, University and Board Secretary Dr. Guiraldo C. Fernandez, Jr., VSU Executive Officer Dr. Allen Glennie P. Lambert, and Head for VSU Integrated Media Dr. Ulderico B. Alviola.

In this courtesy visit, Speaker Romualdez expressed the utmost support of the national government to VSU as it enters a new century of continued growth and development in providing quality tertiary education to young Filipinos in Eastern Visayas and beyond.

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