San Fernando City, La Union – The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has once again manifested its support to the program of the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office 1 in providing for excellence in education as it donated anew four additional classrooms for the Don Ramon E. Costales Memorial National High School (DRECMNHS) in Villasis, Pangasinan. The turn-over of the ceremonial key was held at the school’s social hall on July 30, 2015.
In his message, Hon. Cristino L. Naguiat, Jr., PAGCOR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said that the project is in line with the “Silid Aralan sa Tuwid na Daan” program of the Aquino administration, where a P10 Billion fund was allocated for the construction of 10,000 additional classrooms nationwide. DRECMNHS was considered as one of the recipients as it is one among the schools in the region with the highest number of enrollees. He urged all the faculty members and their staff as well as the students to preserve and to provide for the proper maintenance of the school building so that it could also be used by the next generation.
Atty. Donato D. Balderas, Jr., Schools Division Superintendent of Pangasinan II in his acceptance of the ceremonial key relayed the message of Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Teresita M. Velasco, accentuating DepEd’s gratitude to the PAGCOR for their continued support. Director Velasco pledged to cherish the gift as it has a great role in rearing the school youth towards a brighter future.
Ms. Rowena Lea G. Moreno, Secondary School Principal IV of the DRECMNHS on the other hand, said that the four classrooms will have a great contribution to the program of DepEd in providing for a conducive, secured and safe place to nurture students with all the needed skills and knowledge. The project will not only bolster DepEd’s program for quality education but also answer the school’s need for additional classrooms.
The DRECMNHS has more than 2,600 student-enrollees for School Year (SY) 2015-2016.