By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Learning is expected to be more comfortable for students in a public elementary school in Butuan after it became the first recipient of brand-new classrooms from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) in the city.
PACGOR formally turned over a modern learning facility recently at the Florencio R. Sibayan Central Elementary School (FRSCES). It is a public school in Baan Kilometer 3, Butuan City, which received the three-story, 18-classroom PAGCOR school building that will benefit a total of 600 pupils from Grades 2 to 6.
In a statement, PAGCOR said the newly turned over building “boasts of spacious and well-ventilated classrooms, comfort rooms in every floor and other handicapped-friendly features.” Thus, it is “the first of its kind to be built in the city.”
The turnover ceremony of the new classrooms was graced by PAGCOR VP for Corporate Social Responsibility Group Jimmy Bondoc and representatives from the city government and the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Butuan.
For FRSCES principal Ma. Ligaya Joyo, the school is “very fortunate and blessed” to be chosen as the first recipient of this PAGCOR school building in Butuan City. “This facility is an answered prayer because for the longest time, we have wished for additional classrooms that will make learning comfortable for our pupils,” she added.
Prior to the construction of the PAGCOR building, Joyo said the school only had 18 classrooms for over 800 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. “This situation forced us to hold two shifts of classes per day,” she said. “But even with double shift, some classrooms were congested with up to 50 pupils,” she added.
Joyo said seeing students cramped up in classrooms was such a “pitiful” sight. “But with inadequate classrooms to accommodate all our pupils, we just had to endure the difficulties,” she explained. “Now, we’re seeing a totally different picture as we’re being greeted by happy and contented faces every day,” she added.
With the new classrooms, Joyo said the students have been more energetic while in school. “Lahat masaya kasi maginhawa na ang kanilang pag-aaral at hindi na siksikan sa mga classroom (Everyone is happy because they are comfortable while studying and they don’t have to be cramped inside the classrooms,” she explained.
With its new school building, PAGCOR said the FRSCES can now hold whole-day classes in all grade levels.