Mr. Jezryl S. Villalba, Assistant Principal II and Laurence Amores, CBNC General Supervisor cutting the ribon during the turnover ceremony of the newly constructed water tank. (Photo courtesy of CBNC)

More than 2,000 students of the Bataraza National High School (BNHS) will benefit from the water system project donated by the Coral Bay Nickel Corporation.

Valentin Tamaño, BNHS school principal, said they requested water tanks as part of the construction of the new buildings.

“I have requested for the water tanks as part of the construction of the new two-storey buildings. However, it was not included in the design, thus, we requested this from CBNC,” Tamaño said.

The CBNC constructed an elevated water tank to supply water to the school campus, which will be turned over on April 2.

Laurence Amores, CBNC community relations general supervisor, said education is their top priority so they are willing to adopt the school as one of their partner-beneficiaries.

“We know the importance of this project to the school. And CBNC is a willing partner in education in Bataraza. We lose nothing if we invest in education,” Amores said.

Jezryl Villalba, assistant principal II of Bataraza National High School said they are thankful to CBNC because they have enough water to supply the whole school.

“We are thankful that in the next school year we will already have sufficient classrooms when these construction that you see will be completed. However, there remains a problem when there is no water to supply on these buildings. That is why we are glad that we have a partner in Coral Bay Nickel Corporation who heeded our request for an elevated water tank,”she pointed out.

The project was started in December last year and costs P350,000 sourced from the mining firm’s information, education and communications (IEC) fund.

The tank has a height of 20 meters and a capacity of 2,000 cubic meters.

The BNHS is the biggest high school in Bataraza  with a student population of 2,200 for school year 2018- 2019.

The school has been a recipient of many projects from CBNC that includes senior high school equipments, laboratory equipment, assistance for students who compete in different contest outside of Palawan and assistance during Brigada Eskwela.

Several buildings are also under construction in anticipation of a surge in enrollement in the next school year.