No more classes in tents for students in San Remigio National High School in the municipality of San Remigio, northern Cebu.
Governor Hilario P. Davide, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and Ernie Alix of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) led the ceremonial turnover of the P12-million three-storey nine-classroom school building last Dec. 15.
School Principal Reynaldo Dela Rama received the classrooms in behalf of the Department of Education.
He said the youth should be at the center of “our love, attention and efforts” because they are the “hope of the motherland.”
Education is one of the six key agenda of the current administration.
Magpale said, “In order to build an ideal community we have to start with the young,”
The governor and vice governor also thanked RAFI for the help and for espousing the same belief.
“Sometimes we are overwhelmed by the unlimited needs of our constituents with very limited resources, mao nga nalipay kita adunay non-government organization like RAFI nga nitabang (which is why we are happy to have a non-government organization like RAFI to help us),” added Magpale.
San Remigio Mayor Mariano Martinez said the town was fortunate to be one of the only few recipients of the project. The mayor was also proud with the school as being able to produce scholars and cum laude graduates not only in Cebu universities but also in Metro Manila.
Currently, Dela Rama said about five sections consist of about 250 students are holding classes in tents. Four sections were supposed to be at the covered court.
However, the facility was torn down by typhoon Yolanda in 2013. It thus forced the students to learn under a discouraging environment.
“Init kaayo ug naa adlaw, mapiskan pud ug ulan kung moulan (It was hot and uncomfortable during regular days and they get splashed during rainy season),” said Dela
Starting January 2016, Dela Rama added that all classes will now be held inside the classrooms. Some 450 special science students will occupy the new classrooms.
The project was built through the partnership between the Capitol and RAFI. RAFI spent 65 percent of total cost of the project while the Capitol shelled out P5 million as counterpart.
According to Rizza Labao, the initial agreement was 60-40. But due to the inflation, the arrangement became 65-35 as RAFI agreed to bear the additional cost of construction materials.
The new school building in San Remigio was among the 10 school buildings for high school students constructed province-wide.
Before going to San Remigio, the provincial officials also distributed cash incentives to barangay workers in Medellin. In the afternoon, they continued the cash incentive distribution in Daanbantayan town.
The cash distribution in San Remigio is scheduled next year.