THOUSANDS of students from Baguio City National Science High School (BCNSHS), La Trinidad National High School-Alno Annex and Alno-Kadoorie Elementary School in La Trinidad, Benguet and Tublay School of Home Industries in Tublay, Benguet will benefit from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (Pagcor) 72-classroom donation inaugurated last week.
Pagcor Assistant Vice President for Community Relations and Services Department Arnell Ignacio, during the two-day event, said the donations for the four schools are part of the 242 school buildings that will be turned over to the Department of Education division offices in the entire country.
The four-story, 20-classroom building at the rose-producing barangay in Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet will be utilized by the students of La Trinidad National High School-Alno Annex and Alno-Kadoorie Elementary School.
“With this new building, our need for six classrooms will be addressed,” Simon Bangsi-il, La Trinidad National High School-Alno Annex principal, said during the turnover on May 4.
The four-story, 20-classroom building will be jointly used by the high school and elementary students.
Dr. Nancy Pantaleon, principal of the Alno-Kadoorie Elementary School, said there will also be a classroom for kinder and the instructional rooms of the students.
The elementary has an average population of 400 students coming from Barangays Alapang, Bineng, Alno and from Ambongdolan in Tublay.
At the Tublay School of Home Industries (TSHI), about 1,300 students will be able to use the four-story, 20 classroom building also inaugurated in the afternoon of May 4.
Georgina Ducayso, principal of TSHI, said they have an average increase of 300 students every school opening and the new building is a blessing for this "sayote"-growing town in Benguet.
In Baguio, Pagcor inaugurated the four-story 32 classroom building on May 5. The building will house the 300 incoming Grade 7 of the Science classes from Baguio City National High School (BCNHS) and Pines City National High School (PCNHS).
Dr. Elma Donaal said Pagcor's donation is a realization of their dream.
BCNSH is an extension of the main campus of BCNHS and PCNHS which have a total population of about 10,000 students of specialized programs on arts, sports and science.
The three-school building donation amounting to P150 million will assure students of a conducive learning environment.
Ignacio said it is the mandate of Pagcor to raise funds to aid the government in its many programs to help Filipinos individually or as a whole.
“Since the creation of our charter in the 1980s, we have been raising funds for the use of the government,” he said.
Ignacio mentioned about 75 percent of the revenue of the government-owned gaming corporation is remitted to the National Government and used to fund requests for construction of schools like those inaugurated and turned-over in Baguio City, La Trinidad and Tublay, Benguet. This is aside from the medical assistance provided to persons and medical facilities aside from other civic programs.
He added that Pagcor, in November 2016, turned over P5 billion to President Rodrigo Duterte. The money was distributed as: P1 billion for the rehabilitation of drug surrenderers, P1 billion for the free medicines of indigent Filipinos, and P3 billion for the free hospitalization program of the government.
From January to March this year, Pagcor earned a revenue of P15.1 billion, which will be used primarily to implement Duterte’s priority programs on health and poverty alleviation. (PNA)