GENERAL SANTOS CITY (11 June 2016) – City Hall employees donated another makeshift classroom to Fatima National High School (FNHS) in Barangay Fatima, a public school here in Gensan on Friday, June 10. The turnover was facilitated by Mayor Ronnel Rivera and Mary Ann Bacar, head of the City Housing and Land Management Office (CHLMO). Also present was Clarin Salcedo, representative from GSCGEA. As a response, Estrelieta Tenizo, the FNHS Prinicipal, thanked the donors and highlighted their urgent need of the said classroom.
“There are no exact adjective to describe how much we thank you. We really need this classroom as it will serve as a home for our special learners (children with special needs). With this, we can encourage them to go to school again as they have their own place to study,” said Tenizo.
Mayor Rivera, not contented with the donation alone, committed that he will shoulder further the refurbishing of the makeshift classrooms and provision of its facilities such as the comfort room, lavatory, and chairs.
During the turnover, the mayor told them that education is one of the top priorities in his administration. “I want to raise the educational standard here in Gensan, that is why we are working hand-in-hand with the Department of Education (DepEd) to make sure that we can give the utmost assistance that we can offer,” Mayor Rivera explained.
“This turnover itself is part of our commitment to ensure that we are helping our children to get better access to educational facilities. Kahit simple lang, as long makakatulong kami, we will do it,” he continued.
FNHS was the fourth school to receive a classroom from the City Hall employees. The first ones were in the barangays Sinawal, Calumpang, and Baluan.
This donation is formally coined as “Sampung Piso Ko, Klasrum Mo” program in which, the local government employees donate P10 from their salary and give it to GSCGEA every payday. They continue on doing this until they could raise the amount of P70,000.00.
However, one make-shift classroom costs around P120,000.00. That is why Mayor Rivera gave his personal counterpart for this fund-raising, which makes it virtually P50,000. Aside from this donation, Mayor Rivera also denied himself of receiving salary from the government. Instead, he donates them to needy but deserving students in different public schools in Gensan. (Ian John Lagare/ Gensan CPIO)