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KEEPING DREAMS AFLOAT

RP ENERGY GIVES NEW BOAT TO SUBIC SCHOOL
Posted on: February 24th, 2016 by cfeliciano

 

DREAMS AFLOAT. Parent-Teacher Association Vice-President Gemma Pilapil, (1st from left); Principal Dr. Rod Raguine (4th from left); Meralco PowerGen Vice-President for External Affairs Litz Santana; RP Energy External Affairs Head Victor Chan; RP Energy CSR Officer Jason Gavina; with teachers and students of Kinabuksan Integrated School.

 

SUBIC, ZAMBALES- Amidst the bustling freeport zone is a fishing community situated in Sitio Kinabuksan, Barangay Cawag in Subic. Every day, around 100 students walk a rocky trail by the beach from Sitio Nagbayukan to attend class at Kinabuksan Integrated School — the only public school in the area accessible to them.


“When it is high tide, they have to trek at least 40 minutes in the dangerous trail going to school. Sometimes, they just ask for a free boat ride from the fishermen but oftentimes they need to walk. It gets worse during the rainy season,” said Dr. Rod Raguine, school principal of Kinabukasan Integrated School.


Faculty members who live in Subic town proper take the hour-long daily commute to the school, which costs around 50 pesos per head every day — an unwelcome expense in their limited monthly budget.


 Because there is no available school service, we sometimes need to pay more for transportation. Kung wala pong masasabayan, kailangan ikontrata ang byahe at maghintay ng matagal (if we will not be able to hitch a ride, we need to contract a boat and wait for a long time),” shared Teacher Joel Arguilles.


In response to these concerns, Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. (RP Energy) initiated a boat project that will benefit the school’s stakeholders.


“RP Energy believes that education is the best way to empower communities. Through RP Energy’s ‘Project Bangka,’ we are hoping to contribute in improving the education performance of the students in order for them to get a better future,” said Meralco PowerGen Vice-President for External Affairs Litz Santana during the turnover ceremony of the project last February 22.


“With the boat, they will have less reasons not to attend class,” Ms. Santana added.


 

The boat project is part of RP Energy’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program for Education, which was launched in 2013 in order to address the transportation problems of students and teachers in coastal areas such as Subic, Zambales.


“Addressing the transportation challenges of students and teachers in Sitio Kinabuksan is just a part of the solution in addressing the problems of our public education system in grassroot communities. By providing the students and teachers with a boat, we will be able to provide them with a safe means to reach their school. Students will have more time to study since their travel time will be shorter, thus, improving their scholastic performance. As for the teachers, they will have more time with their families and they will be able to save more, which can greatly contribute in their daily budget,” said Victor Chan, RP Energy Head for External Affairs.


“Our goal is to be the catalyst for development in our host communities. Aside from providing a competitive and reliable energy source, this is our way of walking the talk when we say inclusive growth. We are enjoining our fellow freeport locators to partner with us and the SBMA (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority) in order to synergize our efforts in helping our neighboring communities grow,” Mr. Chan added.


Gemma Pilapil, Vice President of the school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), expressed gratitude for the support from RP Energy: “We will take care of this gift. Maraming salamat po.”


As their contribution, the PTA provided the new anchor for the boat. The school and the PTA will be working together for the operations and maintenance of the vehicle.


Besides transporting the students, the boat will also be used by the school’s Fishery course, which is part of their K-12 curriculum.

 


 

THANK YOU. Grade school pupils with their paper boats. SBMA Public Relations Officer Malou Dungog with RP Energy External Affairs Head Victor Chan.

    

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  Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. is a consortium composed of MERALCO PowerGen Corporation, Aboitiz Power Corporation and Taiwan Cogeneration Corporation.   It is the developer of an environment-friendly and state-of-the-art 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The plant is expected to augment the power supply in the Luzon grid when it starts commercial operations.            

 

   

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