BACOLOD City – Two secondary schools in this city received a total of 96 classrooms for its Senior High School students in time for the classes this school year.
The new classrooms are part of the six school buildings constructed in the campuses of Domingo Lacson National High School in the north and Sum-ag National High School in the south.
In Domingo Lacson NHS, the new facilities include two three-story school buildings with 15 classrooms each and one four-story school building with 20 classrooms.
The 50 classrooms cost PHP97 million.
Meanwhile, Sum-ag NHS had two four-story school buildings and one two-story school building.
The 46 classrooms are worth PHP66 million.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who led the inauguration of the six school buildings two days after the opening of classes, said in a statement that it was the first time that a school building project amounting to as much as PHP97 million was inaugurated in Bacolod.
“We believe in the value of education,” said Leonardia, who started facilitating the nationally-funded school projects during his term as congressman between 2013 and 2016.
His successor, Bacolod City Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya pursued the implementation.
“I would like to congratulate the teachers for upgrading the quality of education in Bacolod. This is what we need if we want the city to further grow,” the mayor added.
Meanwhile, the city government also distributed 276 fire extinguishers to 40 public elementary and secondary schools here.
The distribution of fire extinguishers is one of the projects of the Local School Board chaired by Leonardia.
In January this year, 218 fire extinguishers were also provided to 54 public elementary and secondary schools.
Leonardia said the number of fire extinguishers given to each school was based on the size of the school upon the evaluation and recommendation of the Bureau of Fire Protection.
“We cannot predict when do we need these fire extinguishers, and so we want to give assurance to our students and teachers that they have something to help put out a fire,” the mayor added. (NLG/PNA)