MEXICO, Pampanga -- The Pampanga I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PELCO I) in partnership with AES-Philippines-MPPCL, an electric power producer with a plant in Masinloc, Zambales broke ground and laid a time capsule recently for the soon to be constructed Knowledge Center Building at Barangay Sto. Domingo, this town.

The said edifice once completed, shall house several classrooms, livelihood and skills training facilities, laboratories, a fitness and wellness center, a multi-purpose hall, a library and a museum.

This early, some public schools in the towns of Arayat, Candaba, Magalang, Mexico, San Luis and Sta. Ana are expressing their requests and intents for possible collaboration and partnership for K-12 related programs as part of the current curriculum being implemented by the Department of Education.

Gracing the activity were PELCO I officials led by its Board President Engineer Edgardo Sagum, Cynthia Pantonal, President and Executive Director of AES Philippines Power Foundation, Inc., Rodrigo Ramos, President of RC Ramos Construction Corporation and Engr. Wendell Avila of Gray Onyx Builders.

Also present was the electric cooperative’s General Manager Engr. Loliano E. Allas who noted that PELCO I is making a legacy for its member-consumers through the provision of a multi-learning facility that will benefit thousands of member-consumers through the years.

Sagum, in an interview, said that “Ito po ay isang makabuluhang proyekto ng PELCO I para sa mga kabataan at sa lahat ng mga member-consumers ng kooperatiba at sa mga taong gustong magkaroon ng mga kaalaman sa paghahanapbuhay. Pangarap po natin sa kanila ay umangat sa kanilang mga pamumuhay.”

Pantonal meanwhile said that the building was a product of good partnership between PELCO I and AES Philippines with their mutual intention of helping others through various corporate social responsibility projects intended for the electric cooperative’s member-consumers.

AES Philippines has donated funds to PELCO I in augmentation for the cost of the construction of the said structure while the latter allocated its counterpart fund. (DP Limlingan)