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PAGCOR, Travellers International donate 48 classrooms to public schools

Wednesday | May 14, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Thousands of students in two densely populated public schools in Paranaque and Pasay City have something exciting to look forward to when classes open next month. The days when they have to hold classes in gymnasiums, libraries and makeshift classrooms are finally over.

PAGCOR, Travellers International donate 48 classrooms to public schools
PAGCOR and Travellers International (operator of Resorts World Manila) recently turned-over a four-storey, 24-classroom building to Tambo Elementary School in Parañaque City. The school building can accommodate up to 1,200 students.

Recently, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and Travellers International (operator of Resorts World Manila) turned over a four-storey, 24-classroom building each to Pasay City East High School and Tambo Elementary School in Paranaque City. A school building costs over P53 million, with ten comfort rooms, two of which are designed for people with disability (PWDs).

The school building is furnished with 1,200 brand new chairs, at 50 chairs per classroom. The chairs are products of the Pinoy Bayanihan project. Under this program, confiscated illegal logs are converted into school desks and donated to public schools nationwide. The Pinoy Bayanihan was launched in March 2011 by PAGCOR and its partner agencies namely the Department of Education (DepEd), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). PAGCOR allocated an initial funding of P100 million for the Pinoy Bayanihan Project.

During the turn-over of the new learning facilities in both public schools, PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat, Jr. reiterated the state-owned gaming firm’s commitment in helping uplift the quality of education in the country through the “Matuwid na Daan sa Silid-Aralan Project”.

Naguiat explained that apart from PAGCOR’s P5 billion funding for the construction of roughly 5,000 classrooms in public schools nationwide, the agency encouraged its gaming proponents like the Travellers International Hotel Group to set aside part of their gaming revenues for the school building project.

“By enjoining them to take part in these undertakings, we enable the licensees to participate in life-changing projects,” the PAGCOR chief said.

Senator Sonny Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports, graced the turn-over ceremonies in both schools. He emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships in addressing the various concerns of the education sector. “I’ve been a congressman for nine years and I know how hard it is for the national government to address all classroom shortages. Sa tulong ng PAGCOR at ng pribadong sektor, nagkaroon ng napaka-gandang system para yung isang henerasyon mabigyan ng kalidad na edukasyon.”

PAGCOR, Travellers International donate 48 classrooms to public schools
(From left) Stephen Reilley, Chief Operating Officer of the Travellers International Hotel Group, PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Cristino L. Naguiat, Jr., Senator Sonny Angara and Pasay City Rep. Emi-Calixto Rubiano inspect one of the 24 classrooms in the newly built four-storey school building in Pasay City East High School. The new learning facility was donated by PAGCOR and Travellers International.

Stephen Reilley, Chief Operating Officer of the Travellers International Hotel Group, re-affirmed their support to PAGCOR’s school building project. “What we have today is a staging ground for your children to learn and excel. We will continue to give back and help improve the community,” he noted.

According to Lourdes Garido, Principal of Pasay City East High School, the new school building will greatly help decongest the number of students in a classroom. “Last school year, we have around 4,000 students. Para magkasaya ang mga estudyante, gumawa kami ng mga makeshift rooms. Yung stage at gymnasium ginagawa naming classroom,” she said.

Local officials of Pasay and Paranaque City are also grateful to PAGCOR and Travellers International for their generosity.

“Education is the key to a better future and we need all the helpwe can get to uplift the lives of our constituents.We are very thankful to our partners dahil itong mga bagong building ay hindi lamang maganda kundi matibay pa. Sana ingatan ito ng mga estudyante para mapakinabagan din ng susunod na henerasyon,” Pasay City Representative Emi Calixto-Rubiano said.

PAGCOR, Travellers International donate 48 classrooms to public schools
(From left) Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, Travellers International Hotel Group Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilley, PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Cristino L. Naguiat., Jr., and Senator Sonny Angara (extreme right) hand over the symbolic classroom key to Tambo Elementary School Principal Genie-Ann Santos (2nd from right) during the turn-over of the four-storey, 24-classroom building in the said school.

Meanwhile, Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez recognized the imminent need for new school buildings in preparation for the full implementation of the K-12 program. “Come 2016, we will need additional classrooms and teachers for the additional level of the K-12 program. Napakagandang pangyayari ito na yung national government gaya ng PAGCOR at non-government agencies gaya ng Travellers International ay tumulong. We have close to 100,000 students in Paranaque City. Ang aming mission ay maging one shift ang lahat ng ating mga campuses,” he added.

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