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EDC to Kick-start 3rd Phase of Leyte Classroom Construction

SAN JOAQUIN, Palo, Leyte – The Energy Development Corporation, with the sponsorship of the Lopez Group of Companies, seeks to build an additional 43 classrooms in Yolanda devastated state high schools in Leyte District II subsequent to the completion of the first two phases of their Leyte Rebuilding Project this coming June 15.

Ms. Catherine Marie C. Cabrillos, Deputy Project Manager of the Leyte Rebuilding Project, said the management of the Lopez Group of Companies decided to pool resources from their different companies to fund the construction of the said additional classrooms in 20 sites within Capoocan, Carigara, Barugo, Jaro, Pastrana, Burauen, and Ormoc including Capiz and Sulat, Eastern Samar.

“We were able to raise (additional) Php 58 Million so we are planning to extend beyond where EDC usually operates,” she said on the project in which they act as project managers.

The first two phases of the Leyte Rebuilding Project was sponsored by the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. – Sagip Kapamilya Foundation in which the partnership successfully handed over a total of 77 classrooms to public high schools in Albuera, Kananga, Ormoc, Merida, and Isabel including Pasi, Ilo-ilo.

“This is our pledge kasi, to be a development sponsor with focus on school rebuilding, sa Office of the Presidential Assistance for Rehabilitation and Recovery. And though tapos na ‘yung OPARR last year, continuous lang kami until the end of 2016,” she said.
On the selection of beneficiaries

Ms. Cabrillos disclosed that they choose the recipients of the classrooms based on the data provided by the Department of Education regarding the condition and the need of the schools for support in classroom rebuilding.
“We also consider the amount of help each school receives from other donors kasi ayaw din naman naming magdoble-doble yung sponsorship sa isang school, tapos mawawalan na ng tulong ‘yung iba,” she said on the other factors which they consider on the selection.

The San Joaquin National High School in Palo, Leyte, one of the pilot recepients of Leyte Rebuilding Project, received a building with three classrooms which was turned-over to its school administration September last year.

Better classrooms
According to Mr. Navarrete, the newly constructed classrooms strictly conforms to the mandate of DepEd on classroom structuring.
“These classrooms can withstand 250km/h winds. Also, ang mga walls kay thicker ug ang mga rafters are made not of wood but steel so matibay talaga siya,” he said.

Designed by Archt. William V. Coscoluella and structured by Engr. Jose Sy, the newly constructed 9-by-7 meter classrooms have a cathedral style design to promote better air circulation.

“These classrooms are also ‘genderized’ because each room has a separate CR for male and female. The ceilings are also insulated so, hindi mainit at meron na rin siyang apat na ceiling fans and LED lights so matipid siya sa kuryente,” Mr. Navarrete said on the specifics of the classrooms.

San Joaquin National High School Principal Mr. Niño Angelo S. Mendoza expressed his gratitude to EDC saying that the new classrooms brought comfort and excitement to the students since the said classrooms were the first infrastructure support they received since the supertyphoon.

“Na-solve an shortage hit classrooms namon since nakakagamit na an amon grade 10 pupils hini na mga classrooms. May gana na liwat it am students to study kay they have a conducive room naman na nakaklingkod hira,” he said on the changes the donated rooms brought to their schools.

News report courtesy of Clifford F. Colibao.

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