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Davao Light turns over new library hub building

Davao City (24 September) -- Davao Light and Power Co. turned over last Tuesday, September 21, a new library hub building to the Department of Education - Davao City Division. It is constructed at the campus of the F. Bustamante Central Elementary School in Tibungco, Davao City.

The library hub is the first to be donated by the electric utility but the second to be constructed in the city. The first one is located at the crossing of Magallanes and Bolton Streets in the downtown area.

The project is part of Davao Light's continuing support to the Department of Education's "Adopt-a-School" program. It costs about P1.5 million with the electric utility putting up P1.350 million. The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Davao City under then Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte (now the city vice mayor) put in P150 thousand as counterpart.

The library hub is provided with a librarian's office, a conference and computer room, a bookbinding room, a comfort room, and book shelves. All windows are in steel casement and have built-in iron grills to ensure security of the books placed inside.

Davao Light's Executive Vice President Art M. Milan in his turnover message told DepEd officials who came to witness the turnover ceremony that in partnering with the city government in the construction of the library hub it was guided with the company's driving motto of "Passion to Serve".

Milan said education is a primary focus of the company's corporate social responsibility (CSR) program believing that education moulds today's youth to become the leaders of the country in the future.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte whose speech was read by her representative Ms. Malou Bermudo, department head of the City Social Services Department, thanked the Aboitiz-owned electric company for being supportive to the cause for literacy. She cited the many city-initiated program where the utility made its assistance readily available.

For her part, Davao City Division Superintendent Dr. Helen Paguican told teachers, principals and supervisors of the different public elementary schools in the second district that they have to see to it that they can make use of the books offered for lending at the library hub.

She said that the success of the library hub is not measured by the neatness of the appearance of the books but on how these are being read by the students of the schools that borrowed them. Paguican committed to treasure the donated facility by assuring Davao Light, the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and its partner the City of Davao, of the library hub's utmost care.

A library hub is a facility that serves as a warehouse for books and other supplemental reading materials that schools can borrow to augment elementary students reading paraphernalia. (PIA) [top]

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