With private sector’s help, Naga City opens new library

AVID readers and students in the City of Naga will no longer have to look far just to enjoy a good book or two.

This, after the City of Naga and SPC Power Corp. inaugurated a new air-conditioned public library and computer laboratory at the St. Francis Ocean Park, just a few meters from City Hall.

When it starts operating in January next year, the City Government of Naga-SPC Power Corp. facility will not only serve as a reading center but also as a computer center where students can surf the web or research.

In an interview yesterday, Romulo Capuras, vice president for operations of SPC Power Corp. (formerly Salcon), said the company spent around P3 million for the building alone.

The new public library stands on an 188-square-meter property of the City Government of Naga.

Construction of the library began last September and was scheduled to be inaugurated last Dec. 8.

But due to typhoon Ruby, the inauguration was moved last Thursday.

Donations

While it was the power company that spent for the equipment and for the salary of library personnel, some of the books were donated by their partners such as Kepco-SPC (KSPC).

Capuras said SPC initially donated 10 computers with complete wifi connection. They will also maintain the computers.

Aside from a computer laboratory, the public library also has a children’s section, a general reference reading section and a specific area for persons with disabilities (PWD).

Dennis Villareal, SPC chief executive officer and president, said they assisted the City Government of Naga in providing the public with a library as a way to encourage young Nagahanons to focus on education.

“Knowledge is the key to liberating our people from poverty,” Villareal said.

Lawyer Kristine Chiong, daughter and executive secretary of City of Naga Mayor Valdemar Chiong, said the new library provided by SPC could help encourage more kids in their city to read books.

The SPC-funded facility is the second public library in the city. The City also has its own library.

Chiong said she hopes that the City and other private companies could work together in setting up more libraries, especially in the far-flung villages of the city.
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