CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – The city government has vowed to build more earthquake resistant and conducive to learning schoolbuildings in public schools here as it turned over Tuesday a four-storey building to the densely populated Cabanatuan East Central School (CECS) in Barangay Bantug, this city.
Third District Rep. Rosanna Vergara, Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara and members of Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Anthony Umali led the turnover ceremonies of the 28-classroom-schoolbuilding to the City Schools Division headed by Dr. Rhoda Razon, division superintendent.
The mayor said the schoolbuilding that was expected to ease up learning for some 3,900 pupils of CECS was funded by the city’s Special Education Fund (SEF), the share, as mandated by law, of education from the local government unit’s (LGU’s) real property tax.
Vergara said the city government has earlier turned over a similar infrastructure to the Lazaro Franciso Elementary School (the former Cabanatuan West Central School) in Barangay Zulueta here.
The buildings, the local chief executive said, can withstand intensity 7 earthquake.
Besides convenience for both students and teaching personnel, he said, the schoolbuildings have enough security features.
“You can see that this is safe and orderly for the pupils,” he said.
At least five other four-storey schoolbuildings with seven to nine classrooms per level are set to be established in other populated public schools in the city using SEF, he said.
The city has placed at PHP140 million its target SEF collection this year but it has already accumulated PHP210-million, including last year’s surplus of PHP70 million, as of end April, according to Vergara.
“It’s all because of good governance,” he added. (PNA)