Monday, June 20, 2016

Pupils cut ribbon for P3.6M
Dauis school bldg donation

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 18, (PIA) –No, it was not the school officials and the invited guests who wielded the scissors during the ribbon cutting ceremonies of a P3.6 million 3 classroom school building in Dauis Central Elementary School (DCES), June 17.

Two pupils, whom ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation (ABS-CBN SKF) deputy director picked from a group watching the proceedings of the ribbon cutting ceremony timidly took on the task of cutting the ceremonial ribbon officially opening the brand new learning facility with local and school officials, military officers and army engineers in the background wearing broad smiles.

“Sila ang mga bida dito, kami na nasa likod, mga pabebe lang,” explained ABS-CBN SKF Deputy Director Marcel Rinon, before calling the kids to do the honors of signaling the full transfer of the facility for use of Dauis Central school pupils.

In other turn over ceremonies by ABS-CBN SKF of the same facilities in Campao Oriental Getafe and Nueva Esperanza in Bien Unido June 16 attended by an ABS-CBN program anchor, guests and local officials cut the ribbons. 

DCES principal Martina Aguilar profusely thanked ABS-CBN SKF, Mariwasa for the tiles used in the comfort rooms, the army engineers who implemented the project and the parents who rendered volunteer services as counterpart.

“Thank you, for approving of our proposal to make the classroom dividers movable so we could convert the classroom into a meeting hall too,” Aguilar addressed the donors who were present.

The donation consists of concrete three classroom building with tiled comfort rooms, blackboards, chairs, full electrical installations including electric fans for each room.

“We made sure that everything is done right,” Aguilar said, adding that she has to know the specifications and the sizes of steel and metal bars used.

After all, the building is so designed that it has to withstand gale force winds and earthquakes, the standard now implemented for post-earthquake school buildings in Bohol.

“Our school classroom projects, which is funded by the donations from people who trusted us to implement these projects cost P1.2 million, so with three classrooms, that is P3.6 million,” ABS-CBN SKF Social Development Manager Earl Bacabac said in an interview.

But, the cost of the building project goes even higher, if not for the Bayanihan Project, said Col Arnulfo Matanguihan, commander of the 302nd IBde, whose unit engineers pitch in labor and expertise in building the school facilities.

Bayanihan Project, which Bohol uses in its social development projects enlists the counter-parting scheme, which assures better project sustainability with communities pitching in labor and treasures to help complete the project.

“This gives us a better assurance that communities take care of the project because they somehow feel it is their building,” Rinon said.

ABS-CBN SKF gave the funds, Mariwasa put in the tiles, army engineers constructed the building and the community who volunteer help in the land filling and several labor counterparts.
“Normally, labor cost is about 30% of the cost of materials,” Bacabac said.

“The building is now a testament on how a caring community can make a difference, and in the future, this won’t just be a building, it will be a story of how success can be made,” Rinon said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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