TAKING THE LEAD. City of Tagum Mayor Rey T. Uy personally carrying the chairs which are donated by the City Government of Tagum to Solongvale Elementary School last June 15, 2012. Photo by Edwin B. Lasquite of CIO Tagum

Photos by Edwin B. Lasquite of CIO Tagum

Fire-hit school in Sulop, Davao del Sur receives 288 chairs from Tagum’s CFSC

MUNICIPALITY OF SULOP, DAVAO DEL SUR – Twelve-year old Jeaneth Kwin Gaballo was preventing her tears to fall when asked about how she felt when some of her school’s buildings were burned down by a fire last June 3, 2012 – one day before this year’s opening of the classes – which destroyed some of the facilities and equipment in this remote municipality.

But the tears were easily replaced with a huge grin as she saw the hauling of two hundred eighty eight (288) new yellow chairs (144 armchairs, 84 desks and 60 kiddie chairs) fabricated and donated by the City Government of Tagum led by Mayor Rey T. Uy to Solongvale Elementary School last June 15, 2012.

“Naguol gyud mi kay nasunog ang among eskwelahan pero karon, dako among pasalamat kay nailisan na ang among nasunog na mga bangko ug bag-o,” shared Jeaneth.

On Friday, jubilation emerged as flag-bearing students, including Jeaneth, jumped for joy as they witnessed the arrival of the new chairs which were made from confiscated logs through Uy’s Care for School Chairs Program (CFSC)

Jeaneth’s grandmother, Clementina Gaballo, also shared that she is thankful to Mayor Uy for readily extending assistance to their fire-hit school.

Council Members of the Municipal Government of Sulop personally went to Tagum City to request the said chairs last June 5, upon knowing the CFSC over television and on the newspapers, said Councilor Bienvenido L. Montecillo.

In an interview, Mayor Uy said the Local Government of Tagum is happy to extend assistance to Sulop which badly needed the chairs for their classes to resume.

As of the moment, the local government of Sulop and the parents built makeshift classrooms to accommodate classes in Grades I, III and VI of the school which has a population of more than a hundred.

Since the donated chairs are more than enough for the need of the school, excess chairs will be donated to nearby barangays in the municipality.

The CFSC, which started in August 2011 with the partnership of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Education, has already delivered 46, 765 pieces of school furniture as of June 14, 2012 to schools in Davao Region and some parts of Luzon. Louie Lapat /CIO Tagum

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