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Davao Light, Chinese traders donate school buildings

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (15 December) -- Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other private institutions are among those that have been providing school buildings for southern Mindanao.

Department of Education (DepEd) XI Director Diamar Kadon expressed his gratitude to all the donors that have been augmenting the lack of school facilities in the region.

In Cotabato, Chinese traders also donated new school building in the depressed town of Barangay Buaya-Buaya, a secluded coastal village west of Cotabato City.

Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema and Ang Chun Lim of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry based in Cotabato signed the donation papers for the classroom building in the presence of residents of the said barangay.

The school building, was also built through the efforts of the Union Hardware company which has been operating in Cotabato since the late 1940s, will be used by children in Barangay Buaya-Buaya, a known "landing spot" for weapons smuggled from abroad by the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) in the 1970s.

The effort of the Filipino-chinese traders in Cotabato is geared not only to help propagate quality education in remote areas, but also to support the Mindanao peace process as well, Mayor Sema said during the turn-over of the school building to village leaders.

The united effort between the government and the private entities is in consonance with the program of the administration's to provide quality education in the country especially in depressed areas.

In consonance with the effort of DepEd to provide quality education, it is also undertaking distance learning modules for poor students.

Director Kadon said the distance learning is an alternative way for children in the far-flung barangays to have access to basic education through self-paced and independent learning materaisl that would make them competent in English, Science, Mathematics and Filipino.

Evaluation of the children under the DLM will be a continuous process to determine the children's ability and readiness to take the Philippine Education Placement Test. (PIA-XI) [top]

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