Manangal ESThrough the efforts of Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FCCCII) and Mandaue Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. turned over a two-room school building with comfort rooms to Manangal Elementary School through their Operation: Barrio School Program last June 10, 2015.

FFCCCII members – Fanbo Industrial Co., (Phil.) Inc. founder Mr. Samson Ong, Innoland Development Corp. key officers Mr. Joy Anthony Ong and Mrs. Marilou Ong, and Mr. James Tan together with Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante, SB Members, and MGD Dept. Heads attended the event and were welcomed by Manangal ES teachers headed by the principal, Mrs. Rutchel Balungcas. After the ribbon cutting and picture taking, lunch was served at the new building.

Established in 1995 to make education accessible to children of “Manangal Gamay” as the place is called,
Manangal Elementary School, a multigrade satellite school of Panaguikan Elementary School, held classes at the San Antonio Chapel to Grades 1 and 2 pupils since their classroom was built not until 1996. In S.Y. 1999-2000 Grades 3 and 4 classroom was already built but classes were not held until S.Y. 2007-2008 since the number of enrolees then was not sufficient. In 2011 until September 2014, Birhen sa Camisita Chapel near the school was utilized for Grades 5 and 6 classes. “If it weren’t for you and your magnanimous hearts, we would still have held classes at the chapel”, Mrs. Balungcas expressed her deepest gratitude and appreciation to the FFCCCII visitors for the construction of the new building which now houses grades 5 and 6 in the first room and Kinder in the other.

The construction of the two-room with CR building, of which the Municipal Government counter parted in the form of aggregates, cement, hollow blocks, fuel and labor, was started in June 2014 and completed in September 2014 under the supervision of Architect Jamison Ong, Mr. Samson Ong’s son. Manangal ES is the tenth recipient of the Operation: Barrio Schools Program of the FFCCII. As quoted from their website, “OPERATION: BARRIO SCHOOLS the longest running and biggest private-sector-led school building construction program in the Philippines. To augment the country’s classroom shortage, two-classroom school buildings are built in public schools in all regions through donations from FFCCCII members and from benevolent organizations, families and individuals within the Chinese-Filipino community.”

With faithful partners in school building like FFCCCII, Dalaguete hopes to increase the number of students very well accommodated and facilitated with comfortable classrooms more conducive to learning. Plans were set to build classrooms at Manangal ES, to address the seeming shortage of classrooms as against the increasing number of elementary enrolees.

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