Tzu Chi turns over temporary classrooms PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:54

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday thanked the Tzu Chi volunteers both here and in Taiwan for donating to Zamboanga City at least 80 temporary classrooms for students whose classroom buildings are being used by the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

“We are delighted to receive these temporary classrooms for our children that will give them a better space that is conducive to learning. We are so thankful to the Tzu Chi,” Climaco said during her visit to the temporary classrooms at Talon-Talon National High School yesterday morning.

She said her administration is doing everything possible to take care of students’ education, especially in schools that have been used by the evacuees or IDPs as a result of the Zamboanga siege last September.

“So, in spite of the crisis there is so much hope in our city as we are now finalizing the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) master plan,” the lady mayor said.

With cemented floorings that are slightly elevated from the ground, the tents cum temporary classrooms are made of steel and plastic boards (Polypropylene) donated by the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation through the Tzu Chi Zamboanga headed by Dr. Anton Lim.

The tents are environment friendly, economical and conducive to learning as they absorb heat and noise. Each tent would cost US$7,200.

At least six of these temporary classrooms are being constructed at Talon-Talon National High School for the Grade 7 students (six sections), and are ready for use by next week. Fourteen other tents are under construction at Talon-Talon Elementary School and the rest will be set up in Sangali, Tulungatung, Taluksangay and Ayala. — Vic Larato