New school buildings in Carmen, Catmon towns completed

Because of dilapidated classrooms, students of Carmen National High School (CNHS) have been sitting in classes held in school’s covered court since last year.

Six sections occupied the main court while two occupied the school stage dividing each section with black board.

IMG_7343In Catmon Integrated School (CIS), students are cramped up in their old school buildings.

But not for long as CNHS and CIS students will soon have their classes in the newly-built 3-storey 9-classroom school buildings of the Cebu Provincial Government and Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI).

Total project cost amounted to P110 million with a P39-million counterpart from the Cebu Provincial Government. The local government of recipient towns provided institutional, technical and operational support while the Department of Education provided the teachers and other room facilities.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III expressed his gratitude to RAFI being Capitol’s constant partner in providing more school buildings for the youth.

He emphasized that investing on education is “one effective way of eradicating poverty.”

IMG_7345“Education gives people the tools to better provide for themselves and their family; creates opportunities for economic growth and keeps people and communities healthy,” Davide shared.

RAFI’s Education Development Unit executive director Anton Dignadice also shared that the construction of new school buildings is geared towards augmenting school’s learning facilities.

According to RAFI’s data from DepEd, Cebu has about 270,000 high school students with around 4, 500 existing classrooms.

At least a thousand more classrooms are needed to completely accommodate all current high school students, said Dignadice.

For this year, Capitol and RAFI aim to build 10 multi-storey school buildings in towns where there are critical classroom problems, he added.

Aside from Carmen and Catmon, recipient towns also include San Remigio, San Fernando, Compostela, Daanbantayan, Barili, Sogod, Santa Fe, and Madridejos.

Davide, RAFI, DepEd and mayors of the recipient towns signed the memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the school building project February of this year.