The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has donated over 5,000 board feet of lumber for the construction and repair of classrooms in two public schools in Gabaladon town.
Rafael Otic, provincial environment and natural resources officer (PENRO), said the recipients were Calabasa Elementary School (CES) and F. Buencamino Elementary School (FBES), both public elementary schools which were among the first to request for lumber from the agency for the repair and improvement of their facilities.
Otic said CES received 2,160 board feet while FBES got 2,930 board feet.
He said the donation is in line with DENR’s thrust to use disposable logs and lumber for public infrastructure, particularly schools.
The lumber, he said, were not subject of any court case since they were abandoned when recovered by the government troops.
Marjorie Flores, CES head teacher, said the requested lumber from DENR will be used for the roof and windows of some of their classrooms.
“It has been a long time that we need lumber for the construction of our roof,” she said during the turnover ceremonies held at the Old Capitol here Monday afternoon.
For the CES, the lumber will be used for the construction of a hut that serves as room for special activities of school children, Flores said.
Meanwhile, 85 percent of Nueva Ecija’s 1,600 police men were deployed in streets near school premises to ensure the orderly opening of classes, according to Senior Supt. Roberto Aliggayu, Nueva Ecija police director.