The Cebu Provincial Government will continue to repair eight Gabaldon school buildings worth Php 24.7 million in a counterpart scheme with its partners.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III thanked the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) headed by Roberto Aboitiz for spearheading the restoration of the heritage structures.
Davide inked the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Aboitiz, and the mayors of the towns where these school buildings are located.
“I consider this partnership with RAFI and the local government units, who accepted this project, as a lasting gift to the school children,” he said in the ceremonial signing of the MOA at the Capitol last July 22.
He believed that the children once they finished their studies will eventually look back to their school. “This is a gift that would keep on giving,” he continued.
The mayors present were Verna Magallon (Alegria) Christopher Ian Escario (Bantayan), Dan Jusay (Catmon), Glen Barricuatro (Pinamungajan), and Salvador dela Fuente (Madridejos).
Provincial Board (PB) Member Peter John Calderon and Victor Yntig of the Department of Education also signed as witnesses in the ceremonial signing of the MOA last July 22 at the Capitol.
The Capitol and RAFI will shoulder 40 percent each of the total cost. Each town will shoulder 20 percent of the cost per project.
Under this scheme, five Gabaldon school buildings were fully restored with conservation plan with the help of an architect of the University of San Carlos.
Rosalia Fuentes, school principal of Jampang Elementary School, one of the beneficiaries of the project, thanked the governor for the help. She said aside from the Gabaldon restoration project, the Capitol, through its financial assistance, has repaired two classrooms in the school.
The Gabaldon buildings were constructed by the Americans in 1932. These have elevated concrete bases and wooden structures with spacious corridors.
RAFI-Education Development Unit Executive Director Anthony Dignadice said the construction of the buildings should be implemented soon.
In Bantayan, the target date of completion is within the year in line of their centennial year celebration of their Gabaldon school building, which has 10 classrooms.
In the implementation, RAFI was tasked to purchase the construction materials while the LGUs will provide the labor.