Believing education as a way to bring out the best among the poor yet deserving students, the Aboitiz owned Cotabato Light and Power Company (Colight) extended assistance to a public school in its franchise area.
“With that conviction, the firm had offered scholarship program to students and help improve education institutions and facilities,” according to Anna Lea Lee Nataño, chief of Cotabato Light Human Resources and Reputation Enhancement Department.
The latest recipient of assistance was the Pagalamatan Elementary School (PES) in Barangay Tamontaka 3 here.
The powerutility had turned over major projects to school administrators. It included the refurbishment of reading as a “Peace Hub” and concreting of classroom flooring.
Nataño said the project cost was pegged at PhP160, 000 and would benefit 288 pupils. As to why PES was chosen as beneficiary, Nataño put forward the project rationale citing that the school is one of the remote educational institutions within the Colight franchise area that regularly experience floods when rivers around the area overflow.
Nataño said the old “peace and reading hub” of PES was made of “nipa” and looked like a “purok center.”
She added that with the peace and reading hub now concreted and refurbished, it has become conducive for studying and learning.
Nataño believed the students are now encouraged to read and learn through the hub. ”
Pupils and teachers can now continue daily class discussions even during rainy season,” she stressed.
During the turn over program, about 59 volunteers from Colight and stakeholders helped polish the two elevated and concreted classrooms. Present during the turnover were Cotabato City education officials Colight employees, parents, teachers and students. (PNA)