To continue what they have started in their first term, Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale led the turnover ceremonies of at least P30.2 million worth of infrastructure projects in the third district on Thursday.
Among those inaugurated by Davide and Magpale included a road in Tuburan and three school buildings in Asturias, Pinamungajan and Aloguinsan towns.
First, the top two Capitol officials went to Tuburan town for the inauguration of the road that connects the four barangays of Poblacion, Cogon, Alegria and Marmol.
The freeway stretched to 1.8 kilometers and valued P26 million.
“This is to debunk claims that the administration of Gov. Davide did nothing. The governor has a lot of projects but being a humble person, he refused to put his name or face on any Capitol projects,” Magpale told the media.
Capitol officials proceeded to Barangay Ubogon, a remote mountain village in Asturias, which is seven kilometers from the highway, for the turnover rites of a two-classroom school building.
Davide and Magpale were joined by Asturias Mayor Antonio Pintor and 3rd district Provincial Board members Alex Binghay and Victoria Corominas-Toribio.
“This school building has no name. This is for the students. With these new classrooms, there’s no reason for you to stop your study. Education is one thing that money cannot buy. Once you have the right knowledge, it can take you anywhere,” Davide said.
The governor added that the province has prioritized the construction of school buildings in remote areas as results of Capitol’s study showing that schools in far-flung barangays needed more classrooms than those in town centers.
Last June, the province turned over three school buildings constructed in the mountain barangays of Calangcang, Badian; Mangaco, Ginatilan and Cansaloay, Oslob.
“There is no heaven on earth but there are heavenly moments and those are the moments when what you wish for comes true and what comes true is better than what you wish for,” said Magpale.
The vice governor was reacting to head teacher Myrna Tayan, who confided that she only wished to have a new school building but not as beautiful as the one built by the province.
Magpale entrusted the teachers the responsibilities to transform the cold structure into a school by filling it with love, commitment to service and good values.
The new edifice in Ubogon Elementary School is one of the three school buildings with two classrooms built by the province in the 3rd district. The projects have a total cost of at least P4 million.
Aside from the two classrooms, the province will also send 80 plastic armchairs for every school edifice.
“Nalipay kaayo ko na maka-suway mi og bag-o na building sa di pa ko mo graduate,” said grade 6 pupil Christine Balogbog.
From Asturias, the governor and vice governor went to elementary schools in Cabiangon, Pinamungajan and Bogo Kawasan, Aloguinsan for more turnover ceremonies of a one-story and two-classroom edifice. (Kelvin Cañizares)