Salum gets new school bldg from Rep. Lobregat, DPWH PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 June 2016 14:22

By DEXTER YAP

The parents, teachers and students of Salum Elementary School in Barangay San Roque were overwhelmed as they received Thursday the newly-constructed one storey-three classroom building implemented on the initiatives of District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

In time for the opening of classes, the faculty members of Salum ES had been worried on how to accommodate their students who are increasing in number and are having classes on makeshift tents which are exposed under the heat of the sun during dry season and mud during rainy days.

The teachers and students were overjoyed witnessing the official turn-over ceremonies, after which they will obtain a new school building which will accommodate all the students from the different grade levels — from kindergarten to grade six.

Salum ES School principal Joseph Garcia said that after the devastating landslide few years ago which destroyed their old school building, they have not lost hope that one day, they will be blessed with a more suitable learning environment for the children of Salum who are in dire need of  proper education.

“We can never forget as well as our pupils until they will grow old, what Congressman Lobregat has done for us. We are happy that he is doing everything to help us. This school building is very vital for us and we will really take good care of this,” Garcia said.

The principal also recounted the many times they have to cancel classes in the past especially during rainy days because the environment was not cooperating, like muddy grounds caausing the pupils to lose concentration  on their studies and the congested makeshift rooms still has to be divided into different grade levels just to accommodate everybody.

“With this additional three classroom building, we can now properly segregate our students and make their study hours favorable and comfortable as well. We give million thanks to our Congressman Lobregat for this, thank you Cong!” Garcia said in elation.

San Roque Barangay Chairman Joselito Macrohon said the solon has been very supportive to the education in their baranga. Prior to the Salum ES blessing, Lobregat also turned over a (3) storey (9)classroom building at the San Roque Elem. School, not to mention the passage of the law Republic Act 10812 – the Act establishing a National High School in San Roque to be known as San Roque National High School which was recently signed by President Simeon Benigno Aquino III.

“Bien suerte gayot el San Roque. Hhay tene ya kame de amon mismo high school y ya obtene pa kame manada mga school buildings que bien necesita el mga bata para estudya, miles de gracias con el Congresista Lobregat por el concierne y amor na San Roque,” Macrohon said.

In his message, Lobregat recalled that the original appropriation and program for the construction of a school building in Salum Elem.School was found wanting and he advised DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro that he will conduct a personal assessment of the proposed school site together with DepEd City Schools Division Officials and DPWH District Engineer’s Office.

Lobregat facilitated the move and has nstructed the DEO to coordinate with DepEd and the barangay for the turnover of school buildings that were already been completed in time for the opening of classes on June 13, 2016.

Newly constructed school buildings were turned over in San Roque Elementary School, Luyahan Elem. School, Patalon Elem. School and now Sinunuc Elem. School, and more in the coming days.

City Schools Division Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad said the series of inaugurations and turn-over of classrooms thru Congressman Lobregat’s initiatives is “flowing like a river” which benefits public school students and the education department as well, making education accessible and convenient to both the pupils and teachers.

“The commitment of Congressman Lobregat in giving better education facilities to our children in District 1 is insurmountable, I cannot say thank you now, because I know there are still more proposed school buildings to come,” Natividad said. – Dexter Yap