CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III, Roberto Aboitiz, president of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi), Cebu DepEd Superintendent Arden Monisit and mayors signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of 10 multi-storey high school buildings worth P110 million in 10 towns of Cebu.
Davide thanked Aboitiz in his speech and said education is the best tool against poverty.
The town mayors who were present and who signed the MOA were Augusto Corro (Daanbantayan), Mariano Martinez (San Remigio), Mayor Teresito Mariñas (Barili), Lissa Marie Durano-Streegan (Sogod), Mayor Salvador de la Fuente (Madridejos), Antonio Canoy (San Fernando) and Dan Jusay (Catmon).
Also present were representatives of the mayors in Carmen, Compostela and Sta. Fe towns.
Witnesses in the MOA signing were Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, Provincial Board committee on education chair Peter John Calderon and Department of Education (DepEd) 7 Director Juliet Jeruta.
School heads from 10 schools also witnessed the MOA signing.
Anthony Dignadice, Rafi executive director, said construction will start next month.
He said they are done with the bidding and they expect the project to be finished before the end of the year.
The 10 beneficiary towns are Daanbantayan, Barili, Sogod, San Fernando, Sta. Fe and Compostela. They will get a six-classroom building each.
San Remigio, Carmen and Catmon towns will each get a nine-classroom building.
Madridejos will get one 12-classroom building.
Dignadice said the total project cost is P110 million. Of the amount, P39 million will be Capitol’s counterpart fund and P71 million come from Rafi.
Each classroom follows DepEd’s specification of seven-meter by nine-meter size, said Dignadice. This can accommodate 60 students.
Dignadice said Cebu has 277,456 high school students studying in 10 schools divisions, namely Cebu Province and the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Bogo, Carcar, Danao, Mandaue, Naga, Talisay and Toledo.
“We look forward to continue this partnership with the Province for the construction of more school buildings for high schools, including tech-voc facilities, to help prepare for the implementation of the senior high school program beginning school year 2016-2017 under the new K to 12 curriculum of DepEd,” Dignadice said.
The project’s main contractor is Metaphil and its accredited medium contractors.
Metaphil, an Aboitiz Construction Group, and accredited contractors are actively involved in the rehabilitation of 212 typhoon Yolanda-damaged classrooms in Bantayan, Madridejos, Sta Fe and Daanbantayan, said Dignadice.