Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce donates school buildings
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (8 July) -- A representative of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCCI) said the Filipino-Chinese community is donating a four-classroom school building upon the request of Davao City 2nd District representative Vincent Garcia.
Adhering to the call of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Filipino-Chinese business sector is collaborating with the effort of Congressman Garcia to provide adequate school facilities to benefit the increasing student population.
Represented by Guilbert Go of the FCCCI, Congressman Garcia has expressed his gratitude to the Filipino-Chinese community for donating a school building for the Pablo Piatos Elementary School in Barangay San Isidro, District 2.
Last year, the FCCCI through Guilbert Go also donated a 10-classroom school building at San Juan NHS and Bosque NHS. Private donors included ALSONs Dev't Corp, Holcim Phils Under Corporate Social Responsibility program; DLPC; and Vicente Ang Chokok who also donated a school building for Cabantian NHS.
To date, some 69 classrooms are being constructed in the different schools of the second district. A newly-completed school facility was just inaugurated (June 23) and is now being occupied by the pupils at Felipe Calderon ES, Barangay Bunawan.
The bulk of classrooms built and spread out from elementary to national high schools, came from the countryside development fund of Congressman Garcia while major contribution was also given by Education Secretary Jesli Lapus. "I took cognizant of the major contribution of Secretary Jesli Lapus even during my first term of office," Garcia said.
"We are taking hold steps to fix the perennial problem and address the classroom shortages, which I think will go a long way in boosting our common efforts," Garcia said.
The government dealt with the shortage through the strategy of double-shifting - in which classrooms are used twice a day - so that the classroom shortage is reckoned by considering a pupil-classroom ratio of 100 to 1.
"But with the continuous additional classrooms that we have been constructing in the second district, the shifting might be addressed," he said.
"We are also very appreciative of the different personalities who have shown their support and generosity in the pursuit to boost our common efforts in improving our educational system," Congressman Garcia said. (PIA) [top]