Two Gabaldon Buildings Restored in Dalaguete

IMG 8046Gabaldon Buildings are among the oldest structures ever built in our society that becomes part of our heritage. They served as our second home where we were brought up to be educated, thus, they are part of what we are now.

The Cebu Provincial Government along with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. aims to restore these old structures not just to preserve them as part of our heritage but most especially to be able to use them again as places of learning to be able to address classroom shortage.

With a tripatrite agreement - Cebu Provincial Government and RAFI covering 40% each of the total fund, Dalaguete, headed by a visionary Mayor with an efficient Municipal Engineer and dedicated workforce, took care of the 20% of the fund and embraced this advocacy and thus two, a 90-year-old of Obong ES and an 82-yr-old of Balud ES, Gabaldon buildings were restored in less than three months.

IMG 7896These two buildings were blessed, inaugurated and turned over to Obong ES and Balud ES in simple rites at Balud ES in the morning of October 16, 2014 and attended by the Cebu Provincial government headed by Governor Hilario Davide III and Board Members Peter John Calderon and Christopher Baricuatro; Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.'s Anthony Dignadice; Dalaguete Local Government Unit (LGU) headed by Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante, Vice Mayor Jeffrey Belciña, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members, and Municipal Engineer Donald Abraham Lara, Obong Barangay officials and Obong ES teachers, Balud Barangay officials, Balud ES teachers, pupils and some parents.

District Supervisor Mr. Beltran Aragon welcomed guests and acknowledged the efforts of the Cebu Provincial Government, RAFI, and Dalaguete LGU who have made this undertaking possible.

The ceremonial key and certificates were turned over to Mrs. Socorro Cejudo and Mr. Arnel Bustamante, school principals of Obong ES and Balud ES respectively. They expressed their gratitude and promised to do their best to protect the grandiose of the restored buildings.

Governor Hilario Davide III, shared how growing up with grandparents who were both educators influenced him to give importance to how children, the hope of our nation, be molded into becoming good and responsible citizens. "It is very easy to be respectful, polite, and helpful if you are in a clean and happy surrounding such as school", he said. He stressed the importance of teamwork to accomplish more projects and thanked Dalaguete LGU and RAFI for the partnership.

Provincial Board Member, Peter John Calderon, highlighted how important unity and cooperation are to accomplish more.

Anthony Dignadice, executive director of the Education Development Unit of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), expressed how RAFI appreciates their partnership with the two offices. "The Province of Cebu initiated this project, their undying support is really worth noting", he said. He also acknowledged the efficiency of the LGU Dalaguete Municipal Engineering Office.

IMG 8262RAFI is known to have given high regard to projects involving restoring schools for they believe that schools give a sense of place, sense of belongingness, and helps develop the social fiber of our community. "We are here to help restore schools because a love for learning starts with having a good physical learning environment", Anthony Dignadice said.

Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante spoke on the shortage of classrooms and was thankful for these restored Gabaldons. He is hoping for more projects involving construction of new classrooms in the future and proactively expressed his willingness to counterpart. He promised one building for Balud ES should the results of their National Achievement Tests (NAT) be favorable.

These two restored Gabaldon buildings now served as homerooms of Grades 2 and 3 pupils in Obong ES and Grades 2, 3 and 5 in Balud ES. Mayor Casante looks forward to be able to restore Gabaldon Buildings in Mantalongon ES and Sacsac ES next.


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