DOSCST inaugurates new school buildings in Cateel

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DAVAO ORIENTAL – Bent on boosting the education sector here in the province, two 2-story school buildings have recently been inaugurated and turned over at the new Extension Campus of the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) in the typhoon Pablo-hit town of Cateel, Davao Oriental.

Situated in a sprawling two-hectare lot donated by the Provincial Government, the funding for the construction of these new buildings were sourced out from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) amounting to P25 million.

Bryan L. Susada, Campus Dean, said that these typhoon-resilient buildings’ well-ventilated and spacious design promote an environment conducive for learning.

Strategically located in Barangay Mainit near Cateel town’s border, the school is easily accessible to students from nearby towns, such as Boston, Baganga and even Lingig in the next province of Surigao del Sur.

Dr. Raul C. Alvarez, Jr., Regional Director of CHED XI, thanked the Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon for donating the lot for the college. He said ‘the location is very promising’ and would likely entice rise in student admission.

Dr. Raul C. Alvarez, Jr., Regional Director of CHED XI, thanked the Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon for donating the lot for the college. He said ‘the location is very promising’ and would likely entice rise in student admission.

Dr. Raul C. Alvarez, Jr., Regional Director of CHED XI, thanked the Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon for donating the lot for the college. He said ‘the location is very promising’ and would likely entice rise in student admission.

When the old campus was destroyed by typhoon Pablo in 2012, the college was forced to house their students in elementary school buildings of the Department of Education, conducting classes at night and at weekends when elementary students are not using their classrooms.

“I really do not want our extension campuses to stay on like that,” said Alvarez, noting his concern that college students should have appropriate facilities in order to learn. He said it will be difficult for them to focus on their studies when they keep on sharing school facilities with other students. “What we envision now is to have a truly compliant standard facility,” he said.

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DOSCST President Dr. Edito B. Sumile also expressed his thanks to the Provincial Government. “Our hearts are filled with gratitude because of these blessings,” he said, saying that even if the funds are readily available for the construction, there will still be setbacks in the realization of the project if there was no site available to build the structure.

He also said that with the establishment of the new school in this part of Cateel, the influx of students and people coming in is anticipated to also increase economic activity in the area. In addition, the construction of this school marks other future developments including the upcoming construction of a dormitory for students from far-flung areas and nearby towns.

Sumile revealed that aside from the two buildings, an additional academic building with an allotted budget of P10 million will soon be constructed here. He added that more programs will soon be offered by the college in accordance to the CHED policies and standards. “We want to offer our students more courses to choose from that matches their interest, assuring them jobs in the future,” he said.

Governor Malanyaon said that the inauguration of these school buildings is the reaffirmation of the government’s commitment to help build back better the disaster-hit town, particularly its education sector.

Governor Malanyaon said that the inauguration of these school buildings is the reaffirmation of the government’s commitment to help build back better the disaster-hit town, particularly its education sector.

Governor Malanyaon said that the inauguration of these school buildings is the reaffirmation of the government’s commitment to help build back better the disaster-hit town, particularly its education sector.   

“Three years ago, in 2012, Davao Oriental experienced an unimaginable devastation caused by typhoon Pablo. The DOSCST campus was not spared from its destruction. Our school facilities at that time were all wiped out as the rest of Cateel was defaced and scattered into pieces. Everywhere was sorrow and sadness but the ordeal has never erased the spirit of Cateeleños. We decided to move forward and move on,” she said.

“What has become beautiful is our resolve to build back better with high spirit of cooperation and generosity of the government and support from the international community. There is so much capacity for goodness in this world,” she said.

An advocate for education, Gov. Malanyaon urged the beneficiaries, particularly the students to take care of their new school as this will become a new landmark of Cateel town.

She encouraged the students to visit other landmarks of the province that are purposely built for educating the young about the rich natural, cultural, and historical heritage of the province – such as the Subangan Provincial Museum in the City of Mati and the Mount Hamiguitan World Heritage Park in San Isidro, among others. KLD/Photos by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

 

 

 

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