CHEERS TO BETTER EDUCATION FOR IPs. Hedcor Vice President for Operations Rolando Pacquiao and Mt. Apo National High School Teacher-In-Charge Marites Chan unveil the Marker of Partnership witnessed by MANHS students in their Bagobo-Tagabawa tribal costume.
CHEERS TO BETTER EDUCATION FOR IPs. Hedcor Vice President for Operations Rolando Pacquiao and Mt. Apo National High School Teacher-In-Charge Marites Chan unveil the Marker of Partnership witnessed by MANHS students in their Bagobo-Tagabawa tribal costume.

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New classrooms bring hope to IP school

Lloyd Revilla | October 22, 2018

Marites Chan can’t help but feel a hint of sadness whenever she recalls the day she first came to Mt. Apo National High School (MANHS). It was in 2015 when she was transferred from Binugao National High School (BNHS) in Barangay Binugao, Davao City to become teacher-in-charge at MANHS, which is about 15 kilometers or a 30-minute ride away from BNHS.

The educator had to trade her view of the sea in Binugao for the mountains in Sibulan where Mt. Apo National High School is located.

Marites wasn’t bothered by the distance. However, she admitted that what greeted her on her first day made her heart sink.

“There was nothing there. No chairs, no classrooms, no water, no electricity. Nothing,” she recounted.

Around 50 students from the indigenous Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe used to hold classes inside makeshift classrooms made of wood and other light materials, which were either too open and rickety or too dark and cramped, making it hard for them to learn.

Marites could have asked for a reassignment, but she knew she was put there for a reason. She realized that she can become a catalyst of change, an instrument that can help the youth become the best version of themselves.

While melancholy still grips her every time she remembers that fateful day three years ago, she is overwhelmed with joy as she looks toward better things ahead.

AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor, in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation and the Davao City government, donated to Mt. Apo National High School earlier this year two well-lit and well-ventilated classrooms, fully-furnished with armchairs, teacher’s tables, blackboards, ceiling fans, and comfort rooms.

SAY HI TO THE NEW CLASSROOMS! Students of Mt. Apo National High School pass and check their newly turned over classrooms from Hedcor and the local government unit of Davao City. These will replace their rickety makeshift classrooms from now on.
SAY HI TO THE NEW CLASSROOMS! Students of Mt. Apo National High School pass and check their newly turned over classrooms from Hedcor and the local government unit of Davao City. These will replace their rickety makeshift classrooms from now on.

I believe that these new classrooms will inspire everyone, both faculty and students, to continue making a difference in this community and beyond. We are truly grateful to Hedcor and the Davao City government for this blessing.

– Marites Chan
Teacher-in-charge
Mt. Apo National High School

The donation is part of Hedcor’s initiatives to support the Department of Education in bringing quality learning to indigenous peoples.

PARTNERS IN DEVELOPMENT. Mt. Apo National High School Teacher-In-Charge Marites Chan shakes hands with Hedcor’s Vice President for Operations Rolando Pacquiao during the turnover ceremony of the two classrooms made possible by the partnership between Hedcor, the community, and the local government unit of Davao City.
PARTNERS IN DEVELOPMENT. Mt. Apo National High School Teacher-In-Charge Marites Chan shakes hands with Hedcor’s Vice President for Operations Rolando Pacquiao during the turnover ceremony of the two classrooms made possible by the partnership between Hedcor, the community, and the local government unit of Davao City.

“These facilities will encourage our students to attend and stay in school so that they can develop their competencies, eventually creating progress not only for themselves, but for their families and communities as well. I believe that the youth is still our hope. They deserve this,” added Marites.

Mt. Apo National High School is located in Barangay Sibulan City-side, Davao City, an adjacent host community of Hedcor’s 56.1-megawatt Sibulan-Tudaya cascading hydropower plants.

THUMBS UP FOR THE NEW CLASSROOMS. Mt. Apo National High School students try out their new classroom furnished with facilities that enable motivation and learning among the learners and teachers.
THUMBS UP FOR THE NEW CLASSROOMS. Mt. Apo National High School students try out their new classroom furnished with facilities that enable motivation and learning among the learners and teachers.

Hedcor is the run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower operating 21 power facilities in the country with a total rated capacity of 245 MW. By advancing business and communities, Hedcor envisions ‘A Better Future’ through Cleanergy, AboitizPower’s brand for clean and renewable energy.