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Improved education, water facilities for Santander, Samboan

| by: Cris Lanie Delos Reyes

Different high schools across the country have been preparing for the implementation of the senior high, which is part of the K to 12 Program of the Department of Education.

It has been four years since Willy Wenceslao Memorial National High School of Salay, Poblacion, Santander started to operate. Now, with more than 300 students and 12 teachers, the school aims to be fully prepared for senior-junior high program.

The principal shared that the provincial government of Cebu and the government of Santander are always on its way of supporting them for the preparation of the program.

The Capitol provided 450 new armchairs that will meet the growing population of the senior high students next year.

Furthermore, four standard classrooms, which cost P4 million that was downloaded from the province, are expected to be constructed by January 2016.

At present, a perimeter fence worth P2 million is constructed around the school. The fund came from the Cebu Provincial Government.

_MG_4617“As the school’s principal, it is a relief that the vicinity is more secure with the construction of the new fence,” Bernadita Arias said.

Arias cited an experience of a man who was under the influence of alcohol and drove inside the school.

Karon dili na basta-basta masudlan ang eskwelahan, unya maka-monitor pa gyud ang mga maestro sa mga estudyante kay dili naman sila makagawas lang bisan unsa orasa (Now, the school is secure from strangers entering into the premises. Also, teachers can monitor the students activities since they cannot just go out of the school within school hours),” said Arias.

Meanwhile, Barangay Monteverde in Samboan benefited from the P250,000 allocation for the construction of an additional reservoir.

The water system in Monteverde is a fill-and-draw system wherein the water from its source which is a spring is pumped up to a reservoir and then distributed to Monteverde proper and the six sitios in the baranga, including Jumanep, Tikom, Kalinawan, Kan-ulay, Kanghanog, and Palagason.

Aside from Barangay Monteverde, other three barangays (Upper Jumangpas, Upper Calatagan, and Camburoy) are assisted with the water system.

Originally, the water system is functioning with two reservoirs but because some households are more elevated than the reservoir, the water could not flow in the upper parts of the barangay.

Also, the population of households in the area is growing and so the demand of water is also increasing.

The newly-built reservoir is a 10-cubic meter water tank elevated by two meters for a better distribution of water.

For Vilma Catipay whose livelihood is hog raising, the water supply in their homes is making their living easier.

“Sauna sa bata pa mi, adto gyud mi sa tubod mangaligo, manglaba unya sa among pag-uli maglukdo pa mi ug tubig aron magamit sa balay, maayo man gane ang mga bata karon kay maka-access na sa tubig bisan unsa orasa nila gusto (When we were still children, we have to go to the spring to bath and wash our clothes. When we go home, we also have to carry water for use at home. It’s fortunate that our children today can access water anytime they want),” said Catipay.

Although they already have water, Catipay was thankful for the additional reservoir.

On the other hand, the municipality of Samboan targets to provide multi-purpose buildings for every barangay.

In fact, a construction of a multi-purpose building in Barangay Jumangpas is substantially completed, according to a report from the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO).

Also, a similar structure is built in Monteverde, which Mayor Raymund Joseph Calderon described as multi-purpose building or evacuation centers in times of calamity.