TESDA turns over 500 chairs to QC school
MANILA - Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA director general, together with Secretary Armin Luistro of the Department of Education (DepED), witnessed the turn-over of 500 units of school chairs to San Antonio Elementary School in San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City.
The school chairs were produced by trainees of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) produced from confiscated lumber.
Wilma Manio, principal of San Antonio Elementary School, received the school chairs in behalf of the school.
Secretary Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Cristino Naguiat Jr., chairman of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and actress and television host Anne Curtis Smith also witnessed the turnover of the school chairs.
The turnover is part of the PNoy Bayanihan project, a collaboration of TESDA, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Education and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, which aims to turn confiscated lumber into school armchairs and turn over them to needy public schools in selected areas of the country to help ease the shortage.
With funding from PAGCOR, TESDA has established production centers in CARAGA and National Capital Region to manufacture the chairs through the training-cum-production scheme.
At the TESDA production site at its complex in Taguig City as of July 31 this year, a total of 5,000 armchairs have been produced and are ready for distribution. These came from a total of 353,368 board feet of confiscated lumber delivered to the site by the Bureau of Customs.
"We are actually achieving two things under the training cum-production scheme. While on training, we teach our trainees some carpentry skills and at the same time produce the armchairs," Villanueva said.
"This is our own small way of helping eradicate the shortage in classroom chairs, so that soon, there will be one for each student."
The turnover of the chairs also coincided with the DepED's launch of a new building in San Antonio Elementary School to accommodate more students.
San Antonio was identified last year by the city government as one of the flood-prone public schools in Quezon City.