PGMA launches '09 Stimulus Fund School Building Repair and Construction Program

August 6, 2009 9:21 am 

MACABEBE, Pampanga, Aug. 6 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo launched one of the many portions of the 2009 Stimulus Fund School Building Repair and Construction Program during her visit to the Macabebe Central Elementary School here this morning.

Soon, new elementary and secondary public school buildings will be put up in this municipality while existing ones will receive a well-deserved makeover through the SFSBRC.

The SFSBRCP forms part of the P10-billion economic stimulus fund allocated in the 2009 General Appropriations Act that aims to perk up the economy in the midst of a worldwide financial turmoil by pump-priming vital human and physical infrastructure such as education, food production and health care.

Of the P3-billion fund allocated for the SFSBRCP, P50-million will go to the construction, repair and rehabilitation of classrooms in the fourth district of Pampanga that include the municipalities of Macabebe, Masantol, Apalit, Sto Tomas, Minalin, San Simon and San Luis.

Ana Aguirre, a school teacher of the Macabebe Elementary School, thanked the President profusely for visiting her town and for the funding to repair the school's classrooms which she said would greatly ease the classroom shortage.

Juliet Santos, a 16-year old high school student of the same school, was all praise for the President's advocacy to provide quality education for all Filipinos.

Santos said that instead of having shifting class schedules, high school students could now attend classes the whole day.

"This way, we will learn more," Santos, a top 10 student in her class, said.

In her brief statement during the event, the President said that with the launch of the SFSBRCP, classroom and schoolbuilding construction, repair and rehabilitation would continue so that all students in the 4th District of Pampanga enjoy the benefits of studying and learning in classrooms.

Joining the President for the ceremonial launch were Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, Pampanga 4th District Rep. Ana York Bondoc, Macabebe Mayor Leonardo Flores and San Roque Barangay Captain Paul Balingit.

Aside from launching this leg of the 2009 SFSBRCP, the President also inspected the repair and rehabilitation works on the US-RP Bayanihan building of the Macabebe Elementary School here.

She also inspected the nearby Macabebe Library Hub Project, the only one of its kind in the province, that has been the driving force in getting school children within its district to read by supplying them a steady influx of reading materials.

Since the start of its operations in July 2007, the MLHP has provided reading materials for students of 30 out of 30 school districts in its jurisdiction.

Now, 218,745 public elementary and 99,278 public secondary students have greatly benefited from the operations of the MLHP. (PNA)

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