Thursday, February 25, 2016

PLDT Turns Over Classrooms in Bicol

“Hangad ko po lamang sa inyo, Maging bantayog ang gusaling puti at pulahan, Sa Mga lugar na lubos na nangangailangan… Salamat, buong puso naming sinasambit…Hinding-hindi ko malilimutan PLDT ay nariyan.”

These are some of the lines of the poem delivered beautifully by visually-impaired Grade 3 student Danica Mae Arias for the guests during the turnover of 2 classrooms for the Special Education (SPED) pupils of Banquerohan Elementary School in Legazpi City.

This is a special classrooms project for PLDT since these will be benefiting at least 70 SPED pupils and teachers who, for the past years, have been utilizing the school’s makeshift structures for their everyday classes.

The turnover was attended by PLDT’s Community Relations Head Ms Evelyn del Rosario, Legazpi City Vice Mayor Vitto Roces, Department of Education – Legazpi City Schools Division Superintendent Dr Cecille Rivera, Motolite’s CSR Officer Ms Connie Deligero and PBSP Luzon Regional Center Manager Kristine Rivadelo.

A day earlier last February 11, another classroom was turned over to Colegio de Sta Rita in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur. This is the 2nd classroom donated by PLDT to help support the completion of its two-storey 24-classroom building.

Run by the Franciscan Apostolic Sisters led by its school directress, Sr. Irene Anapi, the school caters to students from average to poor households of the different barangays of Del Gallego. PLDT’s support to the school is its response to improve accessibility to quality education through supporting private institutions to absorb pupils and students that could have been additional children for the public school system.

As of February 2016, PLDT has turned over 23 new classrooms that were made possible by its donation to the Motolite-PBSP Balik Baterya Program. PLDT remains the biggest donor of the Program with almost 2 million tons of used lead-acid batteries amounting to PhP 45 M. PLDT’s Balik Baterya projects range from classrooms donation to reading corners and computer laboratories to urban road and drainage projects to reforestation projects in the Marikina Watershed.