Guimaras Island receives its first PAGCOR school building

Fri | 02.15.2019 | 6:30 PM

Guimaras Island receives its first PAGCOR school buildingPAGCOR VP for Corporate Social Responsibility Group Jimmy Bondoc lead the inauguration of the 2-storey, 8-classroom PAGCOR school building to Remedios E. Vilches San Lorenzo National High School (REV-SLNHS) in Guimaras Island.

Guimaras Island -- A public elementary school in the island became the first recipient of a brand new school building from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) after the agency formally turned over the learning facility recently.

Remedios E. Vilches San Lorenzo National High School (REV-SLNHS), a public school in San Lorenzo, Guimaras Island, formally received the two-storey, eight-classroom PAGCOR school building that will soon be used by students from Grades 7 to 10.

A first of its kind to be built in the province, the PAGCOR building boasts of spacious and well-ventilated classrooms with comfort rooms on each floor and other handicapped-friendly features.

"This facility is an answered prayer because for the longest time, we have wished for additional classrooms for our students. We are very lucky and thankful to be chosen as the first recipient of this PAGCOR school building in our area," said Ma. Enriquita Rivera, REV-SLNHS teacher.

Rivera, who is one of the pioneer teachers since the school was established in 2000, said that the PAGCOR building will particularly benefit their Special Science Classes (SSC). Students under said program have a more Science, Math and Research oriented curriculum and have passed a rigid screening and a Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-prescribed selection exam prior to enrolment.

"Our SSC students are the top pupils in their classes, and this PAGCOR building will greatly help them focus better on their studies," Rivera added. Prior to the construction of the PAGCOR building, students held classes outdoors or in makeshift classrooms due to room shortage. Classes reached up to 75 students per classroom.

Sheree Bayoneta, Grade 9 SSC student expressed her delight over their new classrooms. "Masaya po kami na nagkaroon kami ng magaganda at maluluwag na classrooms. Mas ginaganahan po kami mag-aral," she said.

The turnover ceremony was graced by PAGCOR VP for Corporate Social Responsibility Group Jimmy Bondoc and representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Guimaras.

Apart from the recently donated school building in Guimaras, PAGCOR and its partner agencies – the DepEd and the Department of Public Works and Highways have completed the contruction of 732 classrooms in 162 sites all over Panay Island.

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