MAASIN CITY, Southern, Leyte — The American Chamber Foundation Philippines, Inc. (AmCham) broke ground on Monday for two kindergarten classrooms worth Php1.09 million inside the campus of Maasin Central School, this city.
Jocelyn Palapac, program manager of AmCham, the main conduit of most American businessmen in the country, said for 2015 to 2016, the foundation will focus on providing classrooms to some areas in Eastern Visayas that were badly hit by super typhoon Yolanda.
She pointed out that monitoring of the projects will be done regularly and the recipients are required to submit their periodic reports.
“The report should not only include the quantity of the students but the quality of education they have provided for the students,” she told the audience composed of local officials, teachers, parents, and journalists.
Mayor Maloney Samaco, in his speech, lauded the government for providing funds for the construction of school buildings in various places. However, non – government organizations have to come in to fill the gaps.
School principal Hilario Genovia expressed thanks to AmCham and promised to take good care of the new two-room building, which he estimated to last for years.
Moreover, Samaco divulged to the benefactor that the pre-war Maasin Central School, which was the alma mater of both incumbent Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado and Congressman Damian Mercado, is too often, preferably chosen as the venue of many events-politics during electoral campaigns, evacuation center during calamities and other important events.
Palapac said a similar one-storey, two-classroom buildings will be constructed in Sogod town and Tambis village in this city.
In Leyte province, AmCham has built a total 10 one-storey buildings with two classrooms each. In Samar, the foundation has 11 similar projects. (PNA)