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The Palawan National School (PNS), the province’s largest public high school, received today a fully-furnished science laboratory from Vivant Foundation Inc (VFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of power giant Vivant Corporation, and its local partner Delta P. Inc.
The joint donation includes the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) laboratory building, Core and STEM laboratory equipment, and relevant teacher training for the use and maintenance of the laboratory, a package totaling to more than P4.9M.
“It is our goal to educate and inspire future innovators. Instead of relying on reading about the subjects on textbooks as the sole method of instruction, we hope the fully-equipped science laboratory will help the students get more hands-on experience to develop their potential in pursuing these fields in higher education,” said VFI executive director Shem Jose W. Garcia.
PNS is the only public school in the province that offers all senior high school paths. It currently records 8,544 enrollees in the first week of school; 399 of these students are taking the STEM academic track.
Delta P, a private power provider in Palawan, underscored the great potential of young Palaweños in science and technology.
“For 13 years now, we have observed that the youth in the province have a lot of potential in the field of science and technology. Giving them the opportunity to grow their potential early on would help build an excellent foundation for the future careers of these students. Thus, we at Delta P fully support this initiative taken by Vivant Foundation,” said Delta P director Tito Villa-Real.
Delta P currently operates a 16MW bunker-fired power plant in Puerto Princesa that supplies one-third of the energy requirements in the Palawan Grid through the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO).
Committed to support the Adopt-A-School program of the Department of Education, the science laboratory and equipment is the second project of Vivant and Delta P to PNS. Last December, the same companies partnered to donate almost half a million pesos worth of Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) equipment for its technical and vocational courses.
VFI’s projects focus on the STEM education, especially now that the public education system has expanded into K-12. For the past two years, it has funded similar projects to schools located in communities where Vivant operates. Some of its previous beneficiary schools are Quezon National High School in Quezon, Palawan; Salvacion National High School in Busuanga, Palawan; and Guadalupe Elementary School in Coron, Palawan.