Classroom learning is yet to fully resume for the young students of Katablaran Day Care Center in Brgy. Santiago, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Still, the students will have something to look forward to as Hedcor turned over a newly refurbished daycare center.
“The students used to hold classes in their Sitio’s community hall,” shared Engely Balutic, Hedcor’s Community Relations representative in Bukidnon. “With the daycare center, they will have a more appropriate venue to learn and play,” she shared.
The refurbished school facility was formerly a container van used to haul power plant parts--such as turbines--during the construction of Hedcor’s 73.3-MW Manolo Fortich Hydros in Bukidnon.
Through the P700,000-worth of refurbishment work and P40,000 worth of learning materials like educational toys, books, and tables and chairs, the container van is reborn to be a learning-conducive daycare center.
Hedcor’s Community Relations Head Andy Faelnar further emphasized the importance of reinforcing early childhood education in its Corporate Social Responsibility activities.
“Quality education among children is vital for cognitive and academic development,” Faelnar shared. “Recognizing this, Hedcor ensures that it is able to provide the resources needed for a holistic quality learning among the children of its host communities.”
Due to the remoteness of the area, weak signal and the lack of computers, online classes may not be an option while the state of public health emergency is still in effect.
Schools will be aligning with the national mandates, but as of writing, they are looking to adopt the blended learning scheme which involves mostly modular instruction and face-to-face learning with no more than 20 pupils. All these are to be carried out with utmost precaution.
With this possible learning setup, the refurbished day care center will come in useful especially because it is located within the community and is spacious enough to practice social distancing. It is also equipped with a comfort room and a hand-washing area where the students can constantly disinfect themselves.
Hedcor’s turnover has been non-ceremonial due to the threat of COVID-19.
In 2019, Hedcor similarly turned over a container van day care center to Sitio Sabangan, in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
Hedcor is a run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower. It currently operates 22 hydropower facilities with a total installed capacity of 277MW of Cleanergy.