PALO, Leyte: The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) turned over seven disaster-resilient school buildings on Friday in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
The buildings are said to have a sturdy build and can withstand wind velocities of up to 250 kilometers per hour, which complies with the standard set by the Department of Public Works and Highways for typhoon-resilient structures.
Nelson Cabangon, head of NGCP corporate affairs, added that the roofing of the buildings are reinforced using a new method of connecting the galvanized iron sheet to the trestle. The building itself also has thicker walls, which is now almost double the width of the old classroom walls.
Cabangon added that the facilities have movable dividers and can be used as evacuation centers during calamities or for other indoor school activities.
“Just as with our transmission facilities, our mindset in this project was not just to rebuild, but to rebuild stronger and better,” Cabangon said.
Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla thanked the NGCP for thinking of school building as a project that could be given to the devastated province.
The NGCP is planning of constructing at least 21 typhoon-resilient buildings in Leyte.
“You have [erected]monuments of resiliency and cooperation for Leyteños,” Petilla said.
The planned 21 buildings are set to be constructed in Palo, Tolosa, Tan-auan, Sta. Fe, Alang-alang, Barugo, Carigara, and Capoocan towns, all in Leyte. A unit will also be built for Ormoc City, The targeted schools include: Gacao Elementary School, Caloogan Elementary School, and Palo I Central School in Palo; Sta. Fe Central School and Tibak Elementary School, in Sta.Fe; Dolores Elementary School in Ormoc; and Sta. Rosa Elementary School in Barugo.
The project was initiated and completed in line with NGCP’s corporate social responsibility, which aim to contribute to the development of education in the country.
At least 10,000 students will benefit from the project.
“This project is one very close to our hearts. After seeing the devastation brought by Yolanda, and taking a direct part in restoration and rebuilding, we felt it necessary to carry over these efforts beyond transmission facilities,” Cabangon said.
As a corporation with a public service orientation, NGCP partners with relevant institutions to support the communities hosting its transmission facilities, which it considers as true partners in nation-building. NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid.
It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets.
The consortium holds the 25-year concession to operate the country’s power transmission network and is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp., led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power Corporation, led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr., and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) as technical partner.