Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. led in the turn over ceremony of a newly repaired three-classroom school building to Paitan Elementary School, Brgy. Paitan, Escalante City, yesterday.
Mayor Melecio Yap, Jr. of Escalante City lauded the efforts of the governor for providing the building needed by the students.
Gov. Marañon encouraged the parents to prioritize the education of their children and give them the chance to avail of quality education because it is the only way to combat hunger and poverty, reiterating that education is the greatest social equalizer.
He also repeated his invitation to the rebel groups go back to the mainstream of society and join the government in its war against poverty, so that there will be lasting peace in the land that will spell progress and development for the people of Negros Occidental.
Paitan Elementary School head, Jimmy C. Cabag recalled that it was last January 13, 2013 when the fire broke out and razed the school destroying three classrooms, tables, chairs, and books due to faulty electrical wiring.
The repair of the three-classroom building cost P958,550, funded by the Provincial Government through the Provincial Engineer’s Office headed by Engr. Ernie Mapa.
Also present in the activity were First District Board Member Rolando Ponsica, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Dr. Marlin P. Sanogal, Arthur Marañon, 303rd IB Commander Col. Jon Aying, and Negros Occ. Provincial Police Office Director PSSupt. Milko Lirazan, and Paitan Brgy. Capt. Richardy Pios, Sr., among others. /Capitol News