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Capitol turns over 5 school buildings in time for opening of classes

| by: Kelvin Cañizares

Elementary and secondary students in four towns in southern Cebu will have a reason to smile about when classes start next week.

_MG_5938Painted in yellow and light blue colors, a one-story building with two classrooms will be a pleasing sight to greet the students as they come to school on Monday.

“I hope the students will be happy with this new school building when they come to school next week,” said Gov. Hilario Davide III, who attended last Wednesday the five turnover rites of the school buildings constructed by the Cebu Provincial Government.

_MG_6028Most of the project beneficiaries are schools located in the mountain barangays in the towns of Badian, Ginatilan, Oslob and Boljoon. Each edifice costs at least P1.4 million.

“Education is one of the priorities of the provincial government. We know how important it is to have a conducive place for study that’s why we will continue to construct more buildings especially in the mountain barangays,” Davide said.

With a fresh mandate, the governor added that 20 additional school buildings, to be spread in the province, will be constructed this year.

Aside from the school edifice, the Capitol also handed out 400 new plastic armchairs with each recipient school receiving 80 seats.

“This is the first time that we have a new school building here. I’m so grateful to the governor for giving us this project,” said Elena Tac-An, principal of the Calangcang Primary School in Badian.

_MG_5773Before, Tac-An said, students have to make do of its makeshift classrooms where they would occasionally endure the leaking roofs during the rainy season.

The school, which has 80 students, has one dilapidated building that is already condemned for demolition.

Led by Vice Mayor Toting Caballero, Badian town officials, including some councilors and village chiefs, joined Davide in the ceremony. Re-elected Provincial Board member Christopher Baricuatro of the 7th district also attended the event along with PB-elect Jerome Librando.

After Calangcang, Davide proceeded to Ginatilan to lead more turnover rites in Kagsing Elementary School and Mangaco Integrated School where he was joined by town Mayor Dean Michael Sinco and Vice Mayor Jose Ramon Gornez.

_MG_5756In Cansaloay Integrated School in Oslob, village chief Aselino Baguio recalled that students were lukewarm to go to school in the past because their edifices looked like a warehouse.

With the help of the Department of Education, the school was able to find another place to construct their new buildings, which include the one-story structure from the province.

Davide attended the last turnover ceremony in El Pardo Elementary School in Boljoon. Supporters led by town Mayor Melrou Derama and Vice Mayor Irvin Villanueva greeted him with a warm welcome.