SAN MIGUEL, Leyte: Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery secretary Panfilo Lacson led the groundbreaking of classroom projects in two schools in this Leyte municipality Monday afternoon.
Secretary Lacson first broke ground for the construction of one unit three-classroom building at the San Miguel National High School.
He also distributed 2,000 school bags and school supplies to the national high school and the San Miguel Central School.
Thereafter, his group proceeded to the Ginciaman Elementary School for the ceremonial groundbreaking of one unit three-classroom project and distributed school bags to elementary students.
Lacson express hope that the school supplies donated by concerned groups would be able to help the students even in a small way.
Leyte schools division superintendent Ronilo Al Firmo said the projects in San Miguel formed part of the second batch of the rehabilitation package given to the Department of Education (DepEd) amounting to more than P800 million intended for the construction of 429 classrooms for the whole of Leyte province.
The classrooms will be constructed following a design formulated by engineers of DepEd, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor), which are disaster- resilient in consonance with the build back better policy of President Benigno S. Aquino.
Earlier, P500 million was released to DepEd for the repair of 763 classrooms in the entire province of Leyte. Contracts were already awarded to the winning bidders, added Firmo.
Lacson, during the groundbreaking was joined by Leyte Governor Dosminic Petilla, Vice Governor Carlo Loreto, Board Member Gina Merillo of the 1st district of Leyte, San Miguel Mayor Cheeryl Enrica Esperas and Firmo.
Local officials were thankful that despite his busy schedule Lacson visited the remote municipality of San Miguel.
On Monday morning, Lacson joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the groundbreaking of the construction of the eight-classroom building in San Fernando Central school in Tacloban city. PNA