GOV. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale led the turnover rites of the biggest school building project of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) to its sole recipient last Feb. 12 in Bantayan Island.
The recipient of the four-storey, 12-classroom building is the Madridejos National High School (MNHS).
The project cost P16.19 million, with Capitol owning P7.6 million of the expenses and P8.6 million for Rafi.
The principal of Madridejos NHS, Melville D. Dela Peña, was grateful for the new edifice that will house 660 students out of the 2,000 school population.
Before the building’s construction, classes were jampacked with about 60-65 students per classroom.
“Dako gyod akong pasalamat nga kami ang nakakuha sa building nga pinakadako, pinakataas ug pinakadaghan og classrooms sa tibuok Cebu Province (We’re very grateful to be the recipient of the province’s biggest and tallest classroom building),” Dela Peña added.
Madridejos Mayor Salvador Dela Fuente also thanked the benefactors of the project.
“Pasalamat ko’g dako kang Gov. Davide ug sa Rafi nga ila gyod gi-prioritize ang edukasyon sa mga kabataan (Thanks to Gov. Davide and Rafi for prioritizing the youth’s education).”
Another school building at the Municipality of Sta. Fe was also inaugurated.
The Marikaban Integrated School is one out of the six recipients of a two-storey, six classroom school building.
The project costs P8.8 million and was built from July to October 2015.
It will accommodate 300 students, 50 per classroom out of the 700 school population.
Like MNHS, overcrowded classrooms were also the main problem of the school before.
“Sa una, kinahanglan pa mi mogamit sa elementary classrooms aron maluag-luag ang mga klase. Maong dako kaayo akong pasalamat sa Rafi ug ni Gov. Excited na kaayo mi mo-occupy (Before, we would use the elementary classrooms),” PrincipalMarjorie Diñoso said.
In his speech, Rafi-Edu Executive Director Ernesto Alix expressed his thanks to the Cebu Provincial Government for the continued support to Rafi.
“It is always a privilege to share what we have with the students and with the Cebu Province. So, thank you,” Alix said.
Apart from the turnover, cash incentives worth P3.14 million for 1,630 barangay volunteer workers in Bantayan Island were also distributed.
A total of 642 barangay health workers, 88 daycare center workers and 49 nutrition scholars received P2,400 each while 819 barangay tanods and 32 animal health aides got P1,500.
Joining Davide and Magpale in the events were Bogo Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr., ABC President Celestino “Tining” Martinez III, Councilor Horacio “Raci” Franco III, and Ribomapil “Joeyboy” Holganza Jr. (PR)