The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. yesterday turned over the 16 classrooms, it has financed, to the school officials and students of the EB Magalona High School in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental.
Each classroom is worth P1 million, Rep. Alfredo Benitez, who facilitated its construction, said yesterday.
Benitez and Mayor David Albert Lacson, represented by his wife, Risa, EBMHS principal Romualdo Batallones, Christian Ria, Faculty and Staff president, as well as Supreme Student Government president John Carl Castigador, took turns in thanking PAGCOR for donating the classrooms that can accommodate 800 students.
Benitez said 14 more classrooms will be constructed by PAGCOR in Brgy. Lopez Jeana, Murcia.
One of the teachers recalled that they used to hold classes under the trees for lack of classrooms. More than 2,500 students are enrolled at the EBMHS.
Benitez said PAGCOR made a mark in the field of education by focusing its effort on the construction of classroom buildings in areas where they are badly needed.
PAGCOR sealed its P2-billion commitment to DepEd through a Memorandum of Agreement signed by PAGCOR Chairman Cristine Naguiat and DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro on Dec. 20, 2013.
Under the agreement, PAGCOR will not only fund, but also help monitor the progress of the construction of new classrooms in Typhoon Yolanda-devastated areas. DepEd, on the other hand, will handle all phases of implementation including the preparation of documentary requirements, procurement, construction, monitoring, maintenance and final inspection.
The DepEd reported that 5,900 classrooms in the Visayas were totally destroyed by supertyphoon Yolanda, while 14,508 were partially damaged.
An educational summit will be held Tuesday next week at the Pavillon Hotel in Bacolod City, to be attended by all school heads in Negros Occidental, and top officials of the Department of Education have also been invited.
Benitez said the activity aims to validate data of the DepEd central office and in the ground, especially the number of classrooms, equipment, facilities as well as teachers in Negros Occidental.
Senator Chiz Escudero has been invited to be the resource speaker.*GPB