by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) — A 2-room school building is being constructed at the campus of Pandan High School in Barangay Pandan, Castilla town, through the initiative of the 103rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army and National Development Support Command (NADESCOM), in partnership with ABS-CBN and Castilla local government.
Col. Felix J. Castro, commander of the 103rd IB of PA, said during a dialogue with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) provincial head Irma Guhit during this morning Pledge of Commitment and Adherence to the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) observance, said that BGen Rene Pilapipil, deputy commander of the NAESCOM) led the ground breaking of the project last June together with Marcel Rinon of the ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation and local government officials.
ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation has provided the cost of building materials, the local government of Castilla share on labor labor cost, while other needed manpower assistance given by the Army’s engineering brigade.
“Here we can see the inter-operability of public and private organization complementing each other to pursue development projects for the community,” Col. Castro said.
“We have also emphasized with our presence here the” bayanihan spirit” in every undertaking that the community and the Army is implementing,” according to Castro.
The 2-room school building will now allow next year the school to accept students up to the 4th year.
The inadequate number of classrooms, according teacher in-charge Lucia Villa of Pandan High School, was the main reason why they can not allow additional enrollment.
“We have inadequate classrooms, now we will be able to open the 4th year class. We are very thankful to the PA here through Col Castro, this project is now being undertaken”, she said.
The additional classrooms according to Villa will ultimately benefit the students from five other barangays who everyday walk several kilometers to go to the nearby Barangay Dinapa where there are extra school rooms to accommodate the students.
“The construction of these school buildings will be a big help to lessen the cost of travel of students who before will always enroll at Dinapa due to the lack of school rooms in Pandan,” she said.
Meanwhile Vince Nato during his visit to the school administrator reiterated that through the office of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), Secretary Imelda Nicolas have also assured the Army and the local communities of Pandan that additional help will be provided by the Commission for Filipinos Overseas providing logostics for another school building next year.(MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)