A SPECIAL science program for the Mabolo Elementary School was launched yesterday.

The P2.4-million project is an undertaking of AboitizLand Inc. and the Aboitiz Foundation Inc. with the cooperation of the school, the Cebu City Government, Barangay Mabolo and the local school board.

It aims to enhance the students’ competencies in natural sciences, mathematics and information technology.

“This is a very special project for all of us, because this is also the very first project in terms of developing an elementary school towards a special science school,” said Liz Tagimacruz, assistant vice president for human resource and corporate social responsibility of AboitizLand.

The Aboitiz Foundation has allocated more than half of its annual budget to improve public school facilities nationwide.

1st phase

Mabolo Elementary School was picked as beneficiary after consultations and meetings with the foundation, as well as the local government unit.

Tagimacruz said the school has had a special science class since 2000.

“So even without the direction from the Department of Education, it has seen its potential among its very bright students,” she said.

The first phase of the three-year program will include the renovation of the school’s science laboratory, as well as providing laboratory equipment, manuals, science textbooks and training for teachers.

“Government cannot do this alone. We got to have the help of responsible corporations in achieving their corporate social responsibility like what Aboitiz Foundation and AboitizLand had done,” Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella said. (Andrea Denise H. Chua, USJ-R Mass Com intern)