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4 more school buildings donated by FFCCCII in Abra

by Maritess Beņas

Bangued, Abra (21 February) -- The Federation of Filipino-Chinese chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) donated four more school buildings in the province.

The four units of two -classroom buildings turned over last week by the Federation are located in the municipalities of Dolores and Bucay.Three of these are built in the barangays of Mudiit, Namit-ingan and Cardona in Dolores.

In his acknowledgment speech, Dolores Mayor Albert Guzman took pride in telling the public that Dolores has now a total of 8 units of 2-classroom school buildings since the Federation started its school building projects in his municipality.

The other school building was given to Our Lady of Fatima School (OLFS) in Bucay upon the request of Abra Bishop Most Rev. Leopoldo C. Jaucian, SVD, DD. The bishop sought financial support from the Federation to replace some of the classrooms that were burned last June 11, 2007 after exhausting all possible sources of funds for the rebuilding of the school.

The school building in OLFS was donated by Ms. Au, an alumna of St. Jude Catholic School in Manila where Bishop Jaucian served as parish priest before his installation as bishop of Abra.

Mr. Danilo Uy of the Welfare Committee of the Federation explained during the turnover ceremony in Bucay that the OLFS is the first private school that it given financial assistance by the FFCCCII because the federation's "Operation Barrio School Project" which started in 1961 is intended to be given only to the remotest barangays. To date, the Federation has already built a total of 8,000 classrooms throughout the country.

In his speech during the blessing of the Community Learning Center in Brgy. Namit-ingan, Mr. Wilson Dy, FFCCCII Director and donor of the building there, said, the federation will continue to implement their program on condition that their partners are honest and are willing to put up their equity.

The Dolores LGU allotted P800,000 from its 20% Economic Development Funds as its counterpart particularly for the lighting facilities and painting of the school buildings

The other two school buildings were personally donated by other directors of the federation. The Mudiit Community Lerning Center by Mr. Fernando Co, son of the owner of Chiok's Trading in Bangued, Abra, while the other in Brgy. Cardona was donated by Dir. Go Ye Kim. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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