Businessmen donate classroom buildings

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Gov. Malanyaon and FFCCCII officials sign the Deed of Donation of the donated school buildings.

DAVAO ORIENTAL –The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), the largest organization of Filipino-Chinese businessmen, officially turned over on Wednesday, July 29, two classrooms buildings in six different schools here in the province.

Recipient schools here include Don Salvador Lopez High School, Matiao National High School, and Rabat Rocamora Elementary School in the City of Mati, Lupon Comprehensive National High School in Lupon town, Mahayag Elementary School and Panikian National High School in Banaybanay town.

Implemented under the ‘Operation Barrio Schools’, the project believes education as the key to eradicate poverty among Filipinos. “We believe that education is the sure way to uplift the lives of Filipinos,” said FCCCII Board Member and Chairman of Welfare Community Enrique Chua.
FCCCII Board Member and Chairman of Welfare Community Enrique Chua accepts a Plaque of Appreciation from Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon during the ceremonial turn over of classroom buildings in Don Salvador Lopez High School in the City of Mati.

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FFCCCII Board Member and Chairman of Welfare Community Enrique Chua accepts a Plaque of Appreciation from Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon during the ceremonial turn over of classroom buildings in Don Salvador Lopez High School in the City of Mati.

Although the country is blessed with abundant natural resources from its lands to seas – advantages not shared by other neighboring Asian countries, Chua pointed out lack of education as the main culprit of poverty in the Philippines. “Our neighbor countries are far richer because they have higher standards on education which empowers their people to enrich their capacities,” said Chua, saying these countries have bank on human resources as the heart of their economic and social development. “That’s why children must study well to improve their future.”

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While the organization’s flagship program is primarily focused on classroom provision, it also involves itself in many charitable works such as medical missions, disaster relief, and agriculture programs, among many others.

To date, the group has already constructed about 5,000 units of two-classroom school buildings all over the country in its bid to decongest crowded classrooms and accommodate more students.

The donors of the six schools include Lucio Tan of the Allied Banking Corporation, Pete Tan of the Triplex Enterprise, Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation, and Alex Yap Cho Ty of Remal Enterprise, Inc.
Members of the FFCCCII together with local officials during the recent ceremonial turnover of classroom building in one of the six school recipients.

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Members of the FFCCCII together with local officials during the recent ceremonial turnover of classroom building in one of the six school recipients.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon thanked this group of businessmen, led by the head of the delegation Eduardo Bangayan, for their act of benevolence and for choosing her province as one of the recipients.

She told students and teachers of the recipient schools to ‘take good care of these buildings as these are legacies from donors who have gone the extra mile to help and showcase their social responsibilities by giving.” She further urged the students of the recipient schools to pursue their dreams and achieve a brighter future through education. KLDeloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

Source: news.davaooriental.com.ph