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PLDT builds new classrooms for elementary school in Cabanatuan City

by Katrina A. Mallari | Aug 13, 2019
20190814news_pbsp1In photo are the PLDT and PBSP executives with its partners from the local government and school beneficiary representatives. 

PLDT, in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), recently started the construction of a four-classroom building for Pula Elementary School in Brgy. Pula, Cabanatuan City. 

Funded by PLDT’s Motolite Balik-Baterya Program, the new classrooms will benefit over 300 elementary school students.

“Providing quality education, especially to students in far-flung areas, has always been one of PLDT’s main advocacies,” said PLDT Community Relations Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera.
“We hope that this first-ever two-story classroom building will provide students a more conducive space for learning,” Diaz De Rivera added. 

Present during the groundbreaking ceremony are, from left: Brgy. Pula Chairman Benigno Alfonso; Pula Elementary School Head Teacher III Josephine E. Dawang, PH.D.; PLDT Tarlac-Nueva Ecija Consumer Experience Zone Head Gerardo D. Marquez Jr.; PBSP Luzon Regional Center Manager Kristine J. Rivadelo; North Luzon Fixed Access & Trans Operations Head Carlos G. Mercado Jr.; DepEd Cabanatuan Schools Division Superintendent Rhoda T. Razon, Ed. D., CESO V; Cabanatuan City Mayor Myca Elizabeth R. Vergara; PLDT Community Relations Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera; Oriental & Motolite Marketing Corp. Supervisor Rita O. Regalado; and DepEd Cabanatuan District 7 Public Schools District Supervisor Maribelle P. Saulo. 

The new classroom building will have complete facilities, including four toilets, 180 classroom chairs (45 in each room), four teachers’ tables and chairs. There will also be a chalk board, fire alarm, and fire extinguisher in each classroom.

Expressing her gratitude to PLDT, Pula Elementary School Head Josephine E. Dawang said: “It is very timely that your generosity comes to our doors. The new classrooms will certainly enable our students to have better learning experiences and values formation. Thank you PLDT for giving our students a chance to dream big and be hopeful for an exciting future.” 
For Pula Elementary School’s Supreme Pupil Government President Avril Reign M. Pangilinan, the new classroom building will allow her and her fellow students to study harder as they persevere to reach their goals. 

PLDT’s Balik-Baterya School Building Program has continuously addressed the issue of classroom shortage among public schools in the Philippines.  To date, PLDT has constructed and repaired around 40 classrooms nationwide

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