CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- In line with his commitment of providing quality education to the youth, Mayor Oscar Rodriguez led the opening of the newest "Integrated School" at Northville 14 here.

Northville 14 is the relocation site of the informal settlers displaced by the ongoing clearing operations on the old Philippine National Railways (PNR) here.

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Rodriguez said the facility school aims to cater to the educational needs of the children of the residents.

Attending the event were residents, students, and school staff who waved their yellow flaglets and chanted the name of the mayor to show their gratitude for the establishment of the three-storey school building.

The Northville 14 Integrated School is the 11th school built under the leadership of Mayor Rodriguez. It houses 663 elementary and 1,200 high school students all coming from poor families.

A highlight of the morning program was the awarding of eight units of deep well pumps donated by the members of Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. and the giving of school supplies to the students.

"It is my ultimate dream that every Fernandino will enjoy their right to education," Rodriguez said, stressing that poverty is never a hindrance for one to succeed in life.

Rodriguez also said that he is planning the creation of a covered court and a building extension for the school. (Ian Ocampo Flora)