THE first Benguet dream classroom or classroom for dreams was turned over to the Ampucao Elementary School on September 22. A joint project of the Hedcor Inc., Aklat, Gabay at Aruga tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa Foundation (Agapp) and the Aboitiz Foundation, the P1 million building is in support of the government’s K+12 education program. The building will house the kindergarten class with 20 students and the library of the school.
According to Hedcor Senior Vice President Chris Faelnar, the Agapp is a project for the president’s sister Pinky Aquino – Abellada. Hedcor and Aboitiz partnered with Agapp to construct day care centers in the areas where the Aboitiz group operates hydropower plants as the Agapp provides the educational kits for the children.
Felnar said that Ampucao Barangay has been the host of the Sal-angan Plant of Hedcor. He noted that the company was committed to help build several schools in the communities that host the plants that provide clean and renewable energy to the country.
“For as long as we are here and so long as we are welcome, we are going to help the communities,” he said, adding the project will be replicated in several communities in Benguet; the second “Silid Pangarap” will be built in Bakun early next year.
Ampucao Elementary School Head Teacher Leo Golingab said the building was a beautiful addition to the school campus. He said that the school was committed to take care of the building and assure its proper use for the children.
Barangay captain Eddie Amuasen said the colorful building inspired a happy spirit.
“The first batch will have a beautiful and colorful experience in the new building,” he said.
According to Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Marie Carolyn Verano of the Department of Education, this was the first year of the implementation of kindergarten program in the elementary schools and the new building was well timed for Ampucao’s class. It was also the fulfillment of a dream for Ampucao to have an additional school building.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 24, 2011.