USEC Densing, guest of honor and speaker, said the school building is a legacy for the teachers, learners, community, and the municipality of Alcala since it has a historical significance.
“Gabaldon buildings are considered heritage buildings that we need to preserve. That is the reason why there was a law which was passed, the Republic Act Number 11194 which mandates the Department of Education to continuously preserve, protect, and restore Gabaldon buildings,” Usec Densing explained.
Meanwhile, USEC Densing encouraged the learners to maintain the cleanliness of the school.
He also guaranteed that a new two-story eight classroom building would rise at PWES in 2024.
“As we are doing a lot of restructuring in the field of school infrastructure and facilities in the country under the tutelage of the Vice President and DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte, we are doing our best to deliver the needed infrastructure of school buildings all over the country,” he added.
Prior to this, USEC Densing led the ribbon-cutting as part of the turn-over ceremony of the 20-classroom newly repaired school buildings at the Doña Francisca Lacsamana de Ortega Memorial National High School, Bangar, La Union on October 18, 2023.
In his words of encouragement to the learners, the USEC stated that the construction of accessible classrooms is a “message of hope.”
He stressed that nothing is impossible in the pursuit of quality education if everybody would take a direct part.
“The role of the teachers is to teach the best way that they can. The role of the students is to learn, so focus all your attention to make yourself better,” he advised.
He narrated that, the administration of DepEd Secretary and Vice President Sara Duterte endeavors that everyone could feel change of education system in the country.
“The role of the government is to make sure that every opportunity is given to you. If you really want to move out of poverty, education is the key,” USEC Densing emphasized as motivation to the more than 2,775 students of DFLOMNHS.
USEC Densing assured that a new 16-classroom building will rise in DFLOMNHS in CY 2024 under the Basic Educational Facilities Fund.
He also visited some schools in Region I with ongoing multi-story school building constructions. These were funded under the quick response fund for CY 2022.
Included are Lingsat Integrated School – four-story 12-classroom building; San Fernando South Central Integrated School – two-story four-classroom building; and Bangbangolan Elementary School – two story four-classroom building, all located within the jurisdiction of the San Fernando City Schools Division Office.
He also inspected the condemned Gabaldon Building located at San Pedro West Elementary School in Rosales, Pangasinan.
Assistant Regional Director Rhoda T. Razon, Regional Engineer Celso Manangan, Chief Education Supervisor (CES) Sarah Q. Casuga, CES Cecilia P. Rosido, Supervising Administrative Officer Maureen Macailing, and other key officials of the San Fernando City and Pangasinan II SDOs joined the USEC in the on-site inspection.
By: Cesar S. Bucsit, PAU