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Monday, August 22, 2016

VP Leni helps build classrooms in CamSur remote village

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

CALABANGA, Camarines Sur, Aug.22 (PIA) ---  True to her battle cry of serving the underprivileged communities coined those who are on the “laylayan ng lipunan,” Vice President Leni G. Robredo returned to Barangay Burabod in this this town last Friday and formally turned over a lasting symbol of her commitment to its people – a one storey-two classroom that will benefit the villagers here.

The edifice was built by Philam Life Foundation who responded to the call of VP Robredo when the latter, during her incumbency as Representative of the third congressional district of Camarines Sur was looking for sponsors and partners who can help her fulfill the dreams of putting up a school in this far-flung area.

“It was not easy looking for sponsors.  Everyone I have approached to help me out with my plans, would initially say yes but after visiting the place, would say they cannot make it. Until a good soul, in the person of Philam Foundation President Max Ventura, gave his nod on this project, and so began the unfolding of this long- time dream for the people of Calabanga,” Robredo said in her speech.

Philam Foundation, under its “Philam Paaralan” program had been in constant coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd) in looking for areas that were in need of new classrooms, most of them from calamity-stricken areas and far-flung communities where access to education is almost non- existent.

The family of incumbent Calabanga Mayor Eduardo Severo donated the one-hectare lot which will be home to more than 300 students who are now enrolled at Severo High School.  The once-isolated area is now a symbol of hope for the upcoming generation who don’t need to hike a 3-km trek just to pursue their education.

Philam Life CEO Aibee Cantos said that the classroom can accommodate approximately 100 students.   The classrooms, aside from being equipped with LED lightings, electric fan, new chairs and tables and a provision of comfort room inside are also typhoon-resistant and equipped with water sanitation and hygiene facilities.

Severo shared his appreciation for VP Leni’s gestures and for fulfilling her promise to look into the plight of those who are in dire need of intervention. In his speech, he recalled his father’s dream of also seeing their constituents as end recipients of the various programs of the government that will uplift them from poverty.

After the program, VP Leni’s team moved out to Tambang Central School in Tamban, Tinambac, Camarines Sur to deliver her commencement address to the 84 Alternative Learning System (ALS) graduates coming from the neighboring towns of Tinambac North, Tinambac South, Siruma and Lagonoy North.  (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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