Disaster resilient classrooms worth P40 million and funded by the Australian government will be built in selected schools in both Negros provinces within this year.
This was announced by Marylin Moncada, Director of Education Program Management Office of the Philippine Business for Social Progress, who said that this non-government organization is partnering with the Australian government.
During the groundbreaking of the Lopez Jaena National High School Cookery Laboratory Building in Murcia, Negros Occidental, recently Moncada said both Negros Oriental and Occidental will have disaster resilient classrooms built in selected schools that they are now identifying.
PBSP is a non-government organization composed of about 240 corporations across the Philippines that creates programs and projects around the country, specifically on health, education, environment, and livelihood aspects that aim to uplift communities, she said.
This NGO partnered with Coca-Cola Philippines in building the P4M cookery laboratory at the Lopez Jaena National High School that is expected to be completed the year.
The disaster resilient classrooms will be funded by Australia, while PBSP will initiate the construction, Moncada said, adding that the Department of Education is now reviewing the requirements for its approval.
Selected schools will have two to three disaster resilient classrooms. Moncada said and they will have bigger foundations or tie beams that can resist earthquakes, roof decks that can resist uplift winds, and will be elevated one meter above the ground in avoid flooding.
She also said PBSP is eyeing more programs for both Negros provinces apart from educational development.
Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Philippines led by its President and General Manager Winn Everhart broke ground for the cookery laboratory that will be used by senior high school students of Lopez Jaena.
Superintendent Portia Mallorca of the Division of Negros Occidental said during the event that it is a milestone to the history of DepEd in the province with Coca-Cola partnering with the institution to create a venue for students to learn.
Moncada said the two-classroom laboratory will have quality equipment for cooking and after the bidding, the construction is expected to be finished after 180 days.
Winnhart also said that more programs from Coca-Cola will come to Negros as this is the province with many sugar farming communities, that are vital to the creation of their beverage products.
He said Lopez Jaena is the first high school to become a beneficiary of the company that has been in the Philippines for about 106 years.
Murcia Vice Mayor Gerardo Rojas also thanked Coca-Cola for choosing their town as their beneficiary, as they are experiencing a shortage of classrooms.*MLG
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