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MIAA, DepEd turn over 4-classroom schoolbuildings in San Ricardo relocation site

By Erna Sy Gorne

Southern Leyte (8 October) -- The much-needed school buildings has finally reached even to the remotest barangay to ensure quality education for the landslide victim community and relocated Barangay Pinut-an in San Ricardo.

Congressman Roger G. Mercado together with San Ricardo Mayor Virginia Mejia, welcomed a team of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) staff headed by Assistant Manager Heminia D. Castillo, to observe the turn-over ceremony and personally distributed school backpack bags to 302 schoolchildren in the relocated school.

The joint turn-over ceremonies was held last October 5, 2007 for the 4-classroom school buildings, with two classrooms each from the MIAA and the Department of Education (DEPED) for the convenience of the pupils at Pinut-an Elementary School at the relocated school site.

The Php1 Million-two classroom school building donated by the MIAA were collected from the cash contributions from the employees, it was learned. While, the other two-classrooms school building was constructed by the Department of Education in the amount of Php 700,000 and administered locally by the principal of the school.

However, Mrs. Gina C. Sajol, the school head teacher, disclosed that the school still lacks three more classrooms to fully accommodate for the two sections of Grade VI pupils, a workshop area and a room for the head teacher, who were all left at the old school site, which is still very dangerous.

Meanwhile, Congressman Mercado said in his message that he indeed managed to convince MIAA to transfer their project's assistance intended for Guinsaugon to Barangay Pinut-an, San Ricardo instead.

Barangay Pinut-an, San Ricardo was among the three landslide areas that were simultaneously hit and buried over a hundred of people in Barangays Lutao and Punta in Lilo-an and San Francisco, respectively last December 19, 2003.(PIA) [top]

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