A new two-storey-six-classroom school building was turned over in Barangay Kansi in Tuburan by Cebu Province and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) in recent simple rites.
The newly-built school building is not only fully furnished but is designed to be disaster-resilient as well.
Governor Hilario Davide III, Provincial Board Members Peter John Calderon and Alex Binghay, Department of Education (DepEd) officials, school officials, parents, municipal and barangay officials led by Mayor Democrito Diamante attended the turnover held at the Kansi National High School (KNHS).
A very old structure made of nipa hut used to be their makeshift classroom.
“Nalipay jud mi pag-ayo nga nindut na ang building para namo mga high school students. Kay wala na mi sa karaan ug gubaon nga classroom. Ug nalipay mi kay duol ra ang eskwelahan sa amoa, dili na mi kinahanglan mo-naug sa ubos (We’re very happy to have this beautiful building for us high school students. We are no longer in the other old and dilapidated classroom. We’re happy, too, that the school is near us so that we no longer have to go down the mountain,” said Ritchel Getio, KNHS student.
Education is one of the top priorities under Davide’s administration, which includes ensuring adequate classrooms, competent teachers, and an environment conducive to instruction and learning.
Calderon, committee chair on education, said Kansi school building is one of the two schools that were given budget last year, which was approved by Acting Governor Agnes Magpale.
“For this year, we plan to partner with RAFI to build 10 multi-storey school buildings all over the province. We will soon be ready with our estimates and will be turned over to our counterpart, RAFI. This is already approved by our governor,” Calderon said.
Despite the several challenges that that took place last year, the school, barangay officials and RAFI were very pleased of the outcome.
Last year’s 7.3 magnitude earthquake, super typhoon Yolanda and several tropical depressions early this year has been the main cause of the delay.
“The access is really difficult and it took us awhile because of the heavy rains that made delivery of materials difficult,” said Anthony Dignadice, executive director of the Education Development Unit of RAFI.
Dignadice thanked the Cebu Province, municipal and barangay officials for trusting the project to RAFI and for prioritizing education.
“To the school teachers and administrators, may you continue with the noble task of molding and guiding the children to achieve their highest potential so they will have higher purpose in nation building because after all, we are all Filipinos,” he added.
Diamante called on local school officials and students to help preserve the donated school building and facilities.
“Hinaut ko nga unta nga kining maong building atua ning ampingan kay dili lang kini nato magamit sa pagkakaron kun dili magamit pa sa umaabot pa nga mga henerasyon. Ug ato pud kini magamit sa bagyo o kalamidad kay kini usa ka disaster-resilient building (I hope that we will take care of this disaster-resilient building for present and future use and to use this in times of calamities),” the mayor said.