In photo are, from left: Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) Executive Director Reynaldo Antonio D. Laguda,; Ibnor Construction Proprietor/General Manager Engr. Ibrahim A. Mudag; Butig Municipal Planning & Development Officer Abdul Pansar; Municipality of Butig Mayor Hon. Dimnatang B.L. Pansar; Butig National High School Principal Paisal P. Ronda; PLDT Community Relations (ComRel) Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera; DepEd Lanao Del Sur II Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Bairon Lucman Disomangcop); Lanao del Sur Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Jamil Faisal Adiong; and 49th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva.
As PLDT champions digital literacy nationwide, the Company partners with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in building a computer laboratory in Butig, Lanao del Sur which will benefit the senior high school students of Butig National High School. The computer laboratory comes with 20 refurbished computer units, 45 student seats, two toilets for male and female, and one set of teacher’s table and chair.
The PLDT Computer Laboratory will help prepare the students for work through the acquisition of skills and competencies on computer programming and computer hardware servicing. Moreover, students and teachers will equally benefit from the facility by improving the quality of teaching and learning through the access of learning facilities and innovative technology.
“PLDT has always advocated equal learning opportunities for all. In partnership with PBSP, we are building a computer laboratory that aims to provide assistance that will greatly help improve the learning conditions and the teaching-learning process in Butig National High School. We hope that through this facility, the students find great inspiration in their continuous pursuit of digital literacy as they enhance their skills and competencies, especially on computer-related courses and content,” said PLDT Community Relations (ComRel) Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera.
Diaz De Rivera addresses the audience during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the computer laboratory in Butig National High School.
“The computer laboratory in Butig National High School serves as the 41st classroom funded by the Balik Baterya Program, in which PLDT is the biggest donor. This project becomes even more significant as we celebrate PLDT’s 90th anniversary this year. We thank each of you for being a part of our company’s milestone. Like PBSP, PLDT believes the need for empowered children and youth for peace and development. May our gift to you, this computer laboratory, serve that purpose,” Diaz De Rivera added.
“Peace and development always go together. This project is a collaborative effort among partners who aim to work together for the future of our children. We are very fortunate to have donors like PLDT who generously supports us in this endeavor. At the same time, we are grateful to have a community like Butig who embraces this gift,” said PBSP Executive Director Reynaldo Antonio Laguda.
Butig National High School is located near the Municipal Hall that served as the battleground during the third attempt of a serious clash between the military and the extremist group in the last quarter of 2016. The aerial attacks and heavy gunfights destroyed the classrooms and computer laboratory, which catered to two of the school’s technical-vocational courses related to computer technology.
The municipality of Butig in Lanao del Sur is located south of Marawi City. It is the border town of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao Provinces in the southern side and North Cotabato in the eastern side. Butig has 16 barangays and has been the cradle of the Maranao civilization and known to be the oldest community in midland Mindanao.
This project of PLDT is part of the PBSP-Motolite Balik Baterya Program, which promotes proper disposal and recycling of used lead-acid Batteries. To date, PLDT remains to be the program’s biggest donor.