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PGMA inaugurates 15-classroom school building in most populated Caloocan barangay

Manila (3 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated Friday the newly constructed three-storey, 15-classroom school building in one of the most populated barangays in Caloocan City, as part of the administration's aim to bring the school closer to the students.

Aside from bringing the school closer to the students, the inaugural rites also were held in line with the President's battlecry of "Labanan ang Kahirapan, Isulong ang Karunungan" in the remaining three years of her presidency.

The new school building opened by the President at Phase 8, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City is part of the 10,000 classrooms targeted for construction this year.

"Itong 15 silid-aralan ay bahagi ng 10,000 classrooms na itatayo natin ngayong taon. At ngayong araw, Feb. 1, ay simula ng ating construction season," the President declared in her brief speech before she cut the ceremonial ribbon and then unveiled the project marker of the school building.

"Congratulations to all of you at gaya ng ating slogan, Labanan ang Kahirapan, Isulong ang Karunungan," she added.

Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echeverri, Caloocan 1st District Rep. Oscar Malapitan, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Ramon Bacani and OIC Division Supt. Corazon Gonzales assisted the President in the ribbon-cutting and unveiling rites.

Also present were DepEd National Capital Region Director Teresita Domalanta, Gabriela Silang Elementary School Principal Imelda Ordona and Barangay Bagong Silang Chairman Cesar Padilla.

The DepEd-designed building, completed last May 2007 with a total cost of P13 million, will accept students at the opening of 2008-2009 school year this coming June.

Its construction aims to decongest nearby schools in Bagong Silang, and at the same time bring the school closer to the students residing at Phase 8, Bagong Silang, Caloocan.

Meanwhile, another regular school building worth P3 million which the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) started constructing last month beside the newly-completed three-storey, 15-classroom building, is expected to open in May this year.

Yesterday, another 16-classroom school building was scheduled to be inaugurated by the President in Pasig City.

Of the total 10,000 classrooms programmed for construction this year, 21 were already constructed in Caloocan City and another 16 in Pasig City. They will start accepting students in June. [top]

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