The Rio Tuba Nickel Foundation Incorporation (RTNFI) is building a P68-million senior high school building at its town site to cater to the growing number of scholars in elementary and senior high school.
The state-of-the-art high school complex is a story building composed of several air conditioned classrooms and offices including computer laboratory complete with iMac personal computers and a chapel.
The project is slated completion in 2019 but the project phase 1 has been completed and classes are already being held in the newly-built structure.
RTNFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization established in June 2004 to implement the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of RTNMC and CBNC. The foundation implements health, education and shelter programs in the community of Bataraza.
The Leonides S. Virata Memorial School (LSVMS), a La Salle supervised school being ran by RTNFI, has 1,113 (71%) scholars who are dependents of company employees and workers and 447 (21%) scholars who are non-dependents or children of residents of Rio Tuba that are not employed in the two companies.
“Part ito ng Corporate Social Responsibility, taking care of the employees and community,” said Edwin Nerva, Executive Director of RTNFI.
According to Nerva, the company allots P34, 000 per student in one school year and the parents only pay a minimal of P300 per school year and covers even the non-dependents. A qualifying exam is given to every student before the scholarship commences.
RTNFI also provides scholarship to college for the five students who graduated from LSVMS on any course and school within the country. The top 6 student will also be a scholar but should take an education course and the company guarantees the employment after graduation.
“Marami na ang naka-avail nito. Sila ang naka-avail ng pang-anim na slot at nagta-trabaho dito,” Nerva said.
RTNFI provides competitive salary to its teachers and free housing and other benefits.
“Kapag pinagsama ang compensation and the benefits ay very competitive naman,” he said.
LSVMS operation is subsidized by RTNMC and CBNC through the RTNFI. The school is complete with all the necessary facilities and equipment to make learning very conducive to students.
Its classrooms are equipped with LED televisions that make learning easier and interesting. The computer laboratory of the elementary school has 50 units of iMac computers donated by Atty. Manny Zamora, founder and chairman of Nickel Asia Corporation.