TACLOBAN CITY-School officials and learners in this city lauded the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and its partners for the different electronic equipment turned over to them recently.

Under the PHP10.1-million joint project with the Society of the China Red Cross under the Macau Red Cross Branch, turned over 200 computers, 40 laptops, 80 printers, 40 LCD televisions and 200 sets of computer tables and chairs.

Monina Gabrino, principal of San Jose National High School in Tacloban City can’t hold back her tears as she thanked PRC and Chairman Richard Gordon for honoring its promise to provide their school of computers and other electronic equipment that would equipped them to keep abreast with technology.

San Jose National High School was one of the badly hit schools when super typhoon Yolanda made a landfall in the city on November 8, 2013.

Being in the coastal village of San Jose, almost all their school buildings were damaged and their equipment was washed out.

“It was the PRC that constructed the 16 transitional classrooms in our school, a month after the storm, so that students will have a sense of normalcy when they returned to school on January 2, 2014,” Gabrino said.

The school and the rest of the 39 schools were recipient of one LCD, two printers, one laptop, five desktop computers and five computer tables with five chairs.

For their part, the Grade 8 students of Leyte National High School, led by Aaron Bahlila, expressed their excitement and gratitude for the new computers and other equipment.

Meanwhile, Gordon said that with the world already in the age of advanced technology, all schools in the country should see to it that their students can cope with the advancements for conducive learning thru the provision of modern technology devices to make them and their students globally competitive.

“It is the power of humanity at work here now. We are already in the age of modern technology and with the help of our partner, the Macau Red Cross Branch, we hope the electronic equipment will help make you keep abreast of the latest developments so you can be globally competitive,” he said.

Leyte Board Member Mimietta Bagulaya, representing Leyte Governor Dominic Petilla said, that the Leyte province is grateful that the Philippine Red Cross is focused on giving technology concepts.

“The world is now transformed by the internet, we have to adapt to improve our technology literacy,” she added.

She mentioned her gratitude to Red Cross which was present during the emergency, recovery and rehabilitation phases after Yolanda flattened the region.

Tacloban City schools division superintendent Gregorio Diaz said that with the new technology equipment, they hope the students will develop their full potentials to be globally competitive.

More than 500 school buildings were partially and totally damaged by the typhoon and PRC was able to put up 100 classrooms in Tacloban two months after the devastation, Diaz added.

Quin Va, President of the Red Cross of the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China’s Directive Council, said that Macau and the Philippines has come a long way in terms of diplomacy.

Va said, the Philippines has contributed to Macau’s development, engineering and manpower contribution. “After the typhoon, we are happy to help,” he said.

Gordon said that the Philippine Red Cross will continue its Yolanda rehabilitation projects until end of 2016.
By Vicky Arnaiz/PNA

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