10 public schools receive P30M in education projects Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Stakeholders in the partnership to build and refurbish classrooms in Mandaue City are optimistic that the project could help them achieve their respective goals of addressing the lack of classrooms. Present during the signing last Oct. 1 were (left photo, from left) Mandaue City Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede, Mayor Jonas Cortes, Foundation president Jon Ramon Aboitiz, and DepEd Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Nimfa Bongo. (Right photo) Foundation EVP & Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio led a separate signing of agreements with the principals of the beneficiary schools.
Aboitiz Foundation held its single biggest signing event ever last Oct. 1 for its partnership with the Mandaue City Government and the Department of Education (DepEd). The ceremony involved P30 million worth of projects and the simultaneous signing of nine memoranda of agreement.
Ten elementary and secondary public high schools in Mandaue City will benefit from the project, which will include the construction of school buildings, refurbishment of baking and science laboratories, and donation of armchairs.
A total of 26 classrooms will be constructed for Canduman Elementary School, Subangdaku Technical Vocational School, Tingub High School, Cabancalan 1 Elementary School, Banilad Elementary School (Mandaue City), and Mandaue City Central School. Armchairs will be provided for the classrooms.
Aside from building classrooms, the baking laboratories of Cabancalan National High School and Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School, and the science laboratories of Jagobiao National High School and Mandaue City Science High School, will undergo refurbishment.
Signing the memorandum of agreement were Mayor Jonas Cortes, Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede, Aboitiz Foundation President Jon Ramon Aboitiz and Assistant Mandaue City Schools Division Superintendent Nimfa Bongo.
Aboitiz said they chose Mandaue City as their beneficiary because its officials have been responsive in allocating counterpart funds for the Foundation’s projects.
“This (partnership) is a very good example of … networking to be able to give Mandaue City residents better education and better opportunities,” he added.
Mayor Cortes, for his part, said the project is timely considering that the City Government has just kicked off its celebration of Children’s Month. He also said that the project will help address the perennial problem of classroom shortage in the city’s public schools. (Mandaue City needs 200 more classrooms in both the elementary and secondary levels)
Work on these projects will start this month and is due for completion in February 2012. The Foundation has approved P21 million for the implementation of these projects; the City Government will shoulder the remaining P9 million as counterpart.