A school in Bgy. Ocayan, Bataraza was granted a newly constructed school building funded by Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation and Coral Bay Nickel Corporation.
Ocayan Elementary School recently inaugurated the Php 400,000 worth of school building attended by RTNMC Community Relations staff, BLGUs, students and teachers. The project was proposed as part of RTNMC and CBNC’s initiative in consultation with the LGUs and other stakeholders under Education Sector through Social Development and Management Program.
The school building is expected to accommodate 54 grade six students currently enrolled in Ocayan Elementary School. Jocelyn Estares, School Head of OES said that school building is well-ventilated and practically conducive for the students to focus on their studies as it gives them comfort in contrast to the previous nearly-razed classroom. Estares subsequently gave thanks to both RTNMC and CBNC in giving educational support by providing infrastructure project in their barangay.
“Thank you po sa RTNMC at CBNC sa paghandog ng school building. Malaking tulong po talaga ito sa mga mag-aaral namin. Ngayon po mas tutok na ang mga bata sa pag-aaral, hindi gaya dati na hindi sila kumportable kasi sira na yung bubong at dingding ng classroom namin”, said Estares.
Jenny Dela Vega, Community Development Assistant of Bgy. Ocayan consequently raised her delight on the support of the residents especially the Local Government Unit of Bgy. Ocayan in supporting the venture. She acclaimed that the project is a great platform in imposing and implementing a learning facility in the barangay.
“Natuwa ako sa mga nanay, teachers lalo na sa mga estudyante sa mainit na pagtanggap nila sa akin lalo na’t nasiyahan sila sa bagong tayong school building. Nakakatuwa! Maraming salamat po sa Local Government Unit ng Bgy. Ocayan for their support”, Dela Vega said.
Aside from Department of Education and other government sector, RTNMC and CBNC along with its partner communities implement the construction of school building as it is seen highly necessary especially to remote areas where students live from afar. This project thrusts the advocacy “Sa Responsableng Pagmimina, Edukasyon ay Mahalaga”.