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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 31, 2012


South Cotabato LGU hands more chairs, tables to public schools

by Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- In line with its continuing efforts to help the Department of Education (DepEd) address its problems, the provincial government of South Cotabato donated chairs and tables to 11 public schools.

In a ceremony at the covered court at the provincial capital here just recently, Governor Arthur Y. Pingoy, Jr. handed 49 tables, 790 arm chairs and 351 kiddie chairs to school heads.

These were made possible with help from the local government unit’s private partners including Mahintana Foundation Inc., Dole Philippines, and Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI), in response to DepEd report that the province lacks at least 15,000 chairs for government elementary and secondary schools.

“So far, we have already distributed 4,000 to 5,000 chairs,” Gov. Pingoy said.

Recipients of the latest batch of chairs and tables were Tampakan Central Elementary School, Tampakan SPED Center and Lampitak National High School in Tampakan; Lamba Central School and Liwanay Elementary School in Banga; Carpenter Hill Day Care Center and Marbel 1 Central Elementary School in Koronadal City; Surallah Central Elementary School in Surallah; San Miguel National High School in Norala; Silway 7 Elementary School in Polomolok; and Cebuano National High School in Tupi.

Rudy Jimenea, chief of staff of the Office of the Provincial Governor, explained these schools were earlier identified by DepEd report as those lacking in chairs and tables.

He explained the tables and kiddie chairs were intended for use by kindergarten classes in public elementary schools in support to the implementation of the department’s K+12 program.

The provincial government, Gov. Pingoy said, has allocated P1.5 million from the province’s special education for the fabrication of chairs and tables.

“Normally, we spend about P750 for the fabrication of each chair,” Gov. Pingoy said, “but with the partnership, the provincial government paid only about P150 per chair.”

Mahintana, Dolefil, and SMI also allocated funds for the fabrication of chairs and tables, the governor said, “as part of their social responsibilities to help provide education for children.”

Gov. Pingoy said, the project was also made possible with the assistance of the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that allowed use of illegally cut logs confiscated from illegal loggers in South Cotabato as materials for the production of chairs and tables.

Materials used were taken from the 12,987 board feet of cut lumber confiscated in raid a remote village in Lake Sebu town in May last year.

Government Pingoy also saw the distribution of chairs and tables as an opportunity to push for the provincial government’s greening program.

“For every chair that we give, the school is required to plant ten trees,” he said.

The provincial government has yet to implement the tree-growing component of the project because this will be done simultaneously in one event.

He said, part of the program is to solicit the commitment of the schools to make sure that the seedlings that will be planted will be cared for. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

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