Kiblawan, Davao del Sur (DSWD 11)–For high school students of Bara-ngay Manual here, nothing inspires more than sitting in a brand new classroom this coming school year.
Thanks to Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integ-rated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the core programs of the Department of So-cial Welfare and Develop-ment (DSWD), which has formally turned over a newly built one unit high school building with three classrooms worth P2,750,635 in Barangay Manual.
A ceremony attended by parents, students, and school officials was held to formalize the turnover of the new school building to the school administration.
The ceremonial cutting of ribbon was led by Mayor Carl Jason Rama, DSWD Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa and Ka-lahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator Ma. Elena S. Labrador.
“We’ve been using our previous classrooms since 2013. The structure does not have solid walls as it is made of amakan or bam-boo matting. The teachers have to somehow speak way beyond the normal to the point of almost shouting just for students to hear them. And with several classes going at that rate at the same time, just imagine how hard it is for every-one,” said Rosalita A. Estropia, principal.
The new school one unit building with three classrooms comes with brand new armchairs and blackboards. It has concrete walls and painted inside out.
“The additional rooms will improve on former classroom conditions,” noted Estropia, who further stressed that the rooms will no longer be overcrowded, making it more conducive to learning.
“These new classrooms are slated to be used by 219 students from the high school level,” shared Ro-bert Kenly A. Sta. Maria, Kalahi-CIDSS area coor-dinator in Kiblawan.
Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa, undersecretary of DSWD, expressed her heartfelt acknowledgment to teachers, parents, Local Government Unit (LGU) and community volunteers for their unwavering en-deavor in prioritizing edu-cation for the students.
“I am thankful because the community chose to prioritize a social produc-tion project such as a school building. Students have a significant role in the community. The classroom is our mirror in seeing a student’s potential. The classrooms are the facto-ries where a student’s ideals and ideas are formed, after all.”
Templa’s remarks and statements emphasized DSWD’s commitment of Maagap at Mapagkali-ngang Serbisyo to com-munities, further rein-forcing that providing better facilities to students towards quality education is one of the best ways to achieve this.
She also underlined the agency’s advocacy of con-tinued support to education.
“Importante sa DSWD ang kalambuan sa katawhan, ug magsugod kini sa mga kabatan-onan. Maayo gyud nga giduso sa komunidad nga mao kini ang ilang priority (DSWD recognizes the importance of people development which begins with the youth. It is good that the community pushed this).
To date, Kiblawan has nine completed sub-pro-jects and three on-going construction, covering the first cycle of implementa-tion with a total grant allo-cation of P17,847,200. DSWD