ZAMBOANGA CIY: Sulu Governor Totoh Tan on Tuesday turned over four classrooms to the Mudjunon Elementary School in Patikul town and newly-constructed concrete fence to the Indanan National High School and Timbangan Elementary School where teachers and students praised the young politician for his strong support to education.
Tan also turned over a new village hall in Saldang, Parang town headed by Mayor Madzhar Loong.
Education and village officials praised Tan during the turnover ceremonies in Sulu, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. The ceremony was held in the school compound in the village of Anuling and attended by education officials led by School Division Superintendent Dr. Tim Arbison.
Village chieftain Alghambrazer Hayudini said the additional classrooms would benefit hundreds of students.
“Before there was only one classroom, one teacher for 28 students and now we have more than 400 students enrolled in the school and these additional classrooms really means a lot to all of us and we thanked Governor Totoh for his magnanimous support to education,” Hayudini said.
Hayudini said more teachers are needed due to the school’s growing population. He said volunteers are currently helping teachers.
Tan urged mothers in the village to enroll their children to school, saying “Education is very important to all of us so I encourage all mothers to put their kids to school so our children will be able to learn and through education we shall make them good citizens and our partner in nation building and they are the future of this beautiful province we call home”.
Most of the schools in Sulu were built by the provincial government.
The turnover ceremony coincided with the distribution of books dubbed as “Books Across The Sea” spearheaded by the Rotary International District 378 and Rotary Club of New Manila Heights in partnership with the Sulu provincial government, Department of Justice, Philippine Marines, Philippine Air Force, Philippine National Police and Special Action Force and Gawad Kalinga, among others.
Tan also inspected a road rehabilitation project of the provincial government along Serantes, Hadji Butuh and General Arolas.