Erap inaugurates P153-M ‘most modern’ school bldg. in Manila

The Daily Tribune | Written by Pat C. Santos | April 19, 2016

True to his commitment to further improve Manila’s public education system, Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada inaugurated yesterday a P153-million modern school building at Gregorio del Pilar Elementary school in Tondo that was razed by a fire last year.
“This new building is the most modern in our city’s public school sector, and I can even say that it is by far the most impressive,” Estrada said. “Bago, malinis, maluwag, komportable (New, clean, spacious and comfortable).”
He said the four-story building has complete, modern facilities and amenities to make it more conducive for learning.
“This building is a fitting second home to the students of Gregorio del Pilar Elementary School as they go further in their journey of learning,” Estrada added.
The Gregorio del Pilar Elementary School, located along Jose Abad Santos Avenue, was razed by a fire on Feb. 17, 2015 destroying some P35 million worth of properties.
Built at the cost of P153.57 million, the L-shaped school building has a total of 24 well-lit, well-ventilated classrooms. It also has a computer room, well-equipped clinic, classy administrative offices, faculty rooms, multi-purpose rooms, lounges and comfort rooms in every floor, according to city engineer Roberto Bernardo.
Education is one of Estrada’s priority programs. He has allocated almost P2 billion to the city’s Special Educational Fund to finance the construction of more school infrastructures and other related programs.
To raise the moral of public school teachers, Mayor Estrada also increased the teachers’ monthly allowance from P2,000 to P3,000.
Elementary schoolchildren are also provided with free books, PE uniforms, and school supplies and have been beneficiaries of the city government’s feeding program.
Poor but deserving students are also provided with educational assistance through the Manila Social Welfare Department.