The General Santos City Water District may be a government entity duly established to provide water service to the people of General Santos City, however, GSCWD sees to it that its service goes beyond its mandate.With its aim to help in the development of its city, it acknowledges that one way to achieve such is through the improvement of the city’s public education system.
Hence, through its Gender and Development program, GSCWD donated one (1) unit of classroom each to Balunto Elem. School and General Santos City Elem. School for the Arts. The ground breaking ceremony already took place last March 15, 2016 and said project is expected to be completed within sixty (60) days, just in time before the next school year starts.
In selecting the beneficiary school, the GSCWD asked for a recommendation from the Department of Education – General Santos City on which among the public schools in the city are experiencing classroom shortage.
“This project is a great help to our school. Our school children population is significantly increasing every year.. But despite of that (achievements), we need additional classrooms..And for that, we need the help of our stakeholders. And for this morning, I am so happy and very thankful to the GSCWD for yoursupport and dedication to the well-being of the pupils in our community,” said Principal Merly Cabañas of GSCESA during the ground breaking ceremony and MOA signing.
This is not the first time that GSCWD donated classrooms to public schools. In year 2012, it also donated one (1) unit of classroom each to Dadiangas West Central Elem. School and Fatima Central Elem. School through casting of votes by the concessionaires under the “Boto Mo, School Ko” program of GSCWD.
Seeing the nobility of such act, the Chairman of the Board of Directorsof GSCWD, Engr. Emmanuel Yaphockun, challenged the management to make this activity a regular event.
“I’m sure that we will not be able to solve the problem of school buildings. But at the end of the day, when we close our eyes for the last time, when God asked us of what have we done, at least we can say we tried to help the schools, we tried to help the children. What is important is not how we achieve but at least we tried our very best,” said Engr. Yaphockun.
By Vanne Thea Balboa