By Raymund Antonio
Recognizing the importance of education in combating poverty, the Office of the Vice President and its private partners built more dormitories for students who endure hours of walking just to go to school in the provinces.
Robredo, whose key advocacies include public education, announced they are set to turn over another dormitory for public school students in Balangkayan, a fifth-class municipality in Eastern Samar.
The Balangkayan National High School received a multi-cab through Robredo’s Angat Buhay program, but this was not enough to address the difficulties faced by students traveling to school from their remote homes.
“Ang laking tulong niya, pero maraming mga kabahayan iyong hindi nararating kasi wala nang mga daan. So nag-decide pa din kami na gumawa din ng dorm,” Robredo said.
(The multi-cab is a big help, but it does not reach many of our countrymen due to lack of roads. So we decided to build a dorm.)
“Ano iyon, ready na for turnover. So siguro in the next few weeks or so, itu-turnover na din namin,” the lady official noted.
(It is ready for turnover. So maybe in the next few weeks or so we will turn over it.)
Since the OVP launched its flagship Angat Buhay program in 2016, it has initiated the construction of several dormitories for public schools in far-flung areas, such as in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay; Sumilao, Bukidnon; and Salcedo in Eastern Samar.
Just last week, Robredo was in Siayan, Zamboanga Del Norte for the turnover of a P1.2-million dormitory constructed by her office and the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation for Siayan National High School.
This is the second dormitory the OVP and YBHF built for the public school after the construction of a dormitory for its 30 male students in February 2018.
The Vice President said these areas have high drop out rates because students live very far from their schools.
One of them is 16-year-old Krisemae Cagoco, a female dormer in Siayan, who shared she had to cross rivers and climb mountains for four hours each way every day just to go to school.
“Ngayon na mayroon nang dorm, malaki ang pagbabago sa aming pag-aaral dahil noong hindi pa ako nagdo-dorm, maglalakad kami. Hinang hina na kami. Hindi na kami makapag-aral ng assignment. Ngayon, may oras nang mag-aral kami,” Krisemae said.
(Now students have a dorm, there is a big development in our studies because during the time we weren’t staying in a dorm, we walked. We got tired. We weren’t able to make our assignments. Now we have time to study.)