Through a turn-over ceremony on Monday, August 23, five secondary schools in Bataraza, namely Bataraza National High School (NHS), Tarusan NHS, Sumbiling NHS, Rio Tuba NHS and Sayab NHS, received PhP6.8M worth of learning materials and equipment from Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) and Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC). The said donations specifically come as a form of assistance for senior high students.
According to Ernesto Llacuna, SDMP Executive officer for CBNC/RTNMC, the said assistance projects are originally supposed to be in the form of infrastructure programs, but the company had to adjust and redirect funds due to a “sense of urgency and necessity”. “Mabilis naman ang aming procurement process. Mas okay, para may magamit na mga bata at hindi mag-iimagine lang. Mas maganda hands-on, hindi theory lang,” Llacuna explained.
Dawin Omar, Principal of Bataraza NHS, underscored the importance of public-private partnership (PPP) in the endeavor. Emphasizing that he duly recognizes the full support of DepEd, Omar shared that, “Iba pa rin kapag may support from private partners.”
The ceremonial turn-over was witnessed by Provincial DepEd Supt Servillano Arzaga represented by Aurella Marquez, SB Member Carlos Austria, SB Melvin Narrazid, ABC Federation of Bataraza’s President Yusa Musa, representatives from the Municipal Mayor’s Office, heads of school recipients, students from Bataraza NHS and the donors’ Community Relations Officers, among other personnel.
Learning materials, including equipment, for senior high students in Palawan remain yet to be fully supplied by DepEd. Roselyn Vicente, Division Coordinator for Senior High School, said that the materials are still on the process of delivery while the rest are still undergoing procurement process based on a ‘needs analysis’. There are currently 80 schools offering senior high in Palawan.