Sunday, March 14, 2010

PBSP turns over school rooms in Olango Island

PBSP turns over school rooms in Olango Island
By Antoniette Parce
The Freeman
March 13, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Business for Social Progress in the Visayas turned over a school building at the Candagsaw Elementary School in Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City the other day.

The PBSP was able to raise over half a million pesos from the yearly “Olango Challenge - Open Water Swimming Competition”, an activity they started in support to raising environmental consciousness.

The school building has two classrooms intended for the use of Grades 5 and 6 pupils. It has built-in comfort rooms and collapsible walls.

Before, classes for these pupils were conducted outdoors since the school has seven classrooms only.

Last year, the fundraising was able to make way for renovations and the purchase of additional school equipment such as chairs and tables and for the construction of comfort rooms.

Companies which pledged support include Shell, Nestlé Philippines (maker of Milo Health Drink), Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa, the Aboitiz Group of Companies, and Island Souvenirs.

Lapu-Lapu barangay councilwoman Adela Lambujon and Department of Education division supervisor Dionisio Lood also vowed support to the said annual competition.

Olango is one of the communities supported by the PBSP most especially in terms of raising awareness among residents in the area on the importance of protecting and taking care of their environment.

On April 24, the 3rd Olango Challenge will be held at the Tambuli Beach Club in Buyong, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City. — Antoniette Parce/MEEV