ORMOC CITY, March 2 (PNA) — ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. (ALKFI) turned over another batch of 48 classrooms in 18 Leyte schools.
The schoolhouses are the foundation’s contribution to the continuing rehabilitation of areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8, 2013.
Recently, ALKFI turned over 19 classrooms to seven schools in Ormoc namely Ipil National High School (NHS) (2 classrooms), Valencia NHS (3), Cabintan NHS (2), Liloan NHS (3), Dolores NHS (4), Genaro B. Lureñana NHS (3) and Pedro G. Bañez NHS (2). Kananga town, for its part, received 22 classrooms for Kananga NHS (4), Lim-ao NHS (8), Rizal NHS (8) and Montebello NHS (2).
The turnover of 13 classrooms for the Merida-Isabel cluster was held that afternoon. Three schools got two classrooms each in Merida namely Merida Vocational School, Libas NHS and Calunangan NHS. Isabel town received seven classrooms for Matlang NHS (3), Puting Bato NHS (2) and San Francisco NHS (2). A two-classroom building was also turned over to Albuera NHS in Albuera town.
ALKFI is particularly proud of the schoolhouses for being typhoon-resistant. Built at a cost of Php1.2 million each from funds donated to the foundation, the classrooms were designed to withstand wind velocity of 250 kilometers per hour in compliance to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Minimum Performance and Standards and Specification.
Energy Development Corp., operator of the Lopez Group’s Leyte Geothermal Business Unit, donated Php4.5 million and supervised the construction of the schoolhouses. The new classrooms come along with high ceilings and wider windows for better ventilation, wider blackboards, electric fans, comfort rooms and chairs.
Incidentally, the Lopez Group Foundation turned over during the first ceremony 270 and 250 chairs to Ormoc Special Education Center and Ormoc NHS (ONHS), respectively. Both institutions were among the pilot schools for the group’s Leyte Rebuilding Project.
ONHS received two units four-classroom buildings, and fellow pilot schools San Joaquin NHS and Matlang Elementary School (both in Ormoc) received three classrooms each in September last year. ALKFI also turned over on that occasion 10 newly repaired classrooms to Milagro Elementary School also in Ormoc.
All in all, ALKFI has constructed 64 classrooms in 23 schools in Ormoc City and the towns of Palo, Albuera, Merida, Kananga and Isabel. An additional 32 classrooms will be constructed in Ormoc and Kananga in support of DepEd’s Adopt a School program. (PNA)