DepEd cites Isabela councilor for lot donation

A town councilor from southern Negros is among the recipients of recognition from the Department of Education, Division of Negros Occidental Harvest of Excellence 2017 awarding rites held yesterday, December 20, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center.

Given the recognition as outstanding stakeholder and partner is Isabela Councilor Patrick Miguel Montilla who, together with his son EJ received the citation from DepEd officials led by Region 6 Director Maria Gemma Ledesma.

Montilla is among the public officials, private entities and companies cited by the DepEd for their contribution in the field of education in this year’s Harvest of Excellence with the theme “DepEd Negros Occidental 115 Years and Moving Forward to Victory”.

Montilla through a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) and in behalf of his family donated 9,973 square meters of their property located in Hacienda San Bonifacio, Barangay Tinongan, Isabela town in June this year.

Montilla and Tinongan National High School principal Suzanne Catague representing the recipient-school signed the Deed of Donation in the presence of Department of Education legal counsel, Atty. Glen Mortel at the DepEd provincial office.

When the donation was made, Catague said that “after 39 years of the existence of Tinongan National High School, it has now its own school site.”

She added that the school “squats” with the Tinongan Elementary School.

“It is a long awaited dream of the parents, teachers, students and the Alumni,” Catague, who has persistently followed up the school site, said.

With the school site, Catague added that “the school can now settle permanently with its own physical sctructures, buildings and its own identity and will no longer be called as squatters.”

She also revealed that there is already a pending budget from the DepEd national office for the 20-classroom schoolbuilding with an estimated amount of P38 million to be equipped with restrooms, Information and Communication Technology laboratory, Science laboratory and workshops.

Catague said the high school has 493 students.

She added that the construction of the school will start as soon as the Department of Public Works and Highways will issue the Notice to Proceed.

As part of the deed of donation, the school will be known as Patrick Arroyo Montilla Jr. National High School.

On his part, Montilla, chairman of the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Education said that “With the implementation of the K-12 program the town needed additional classrooms to be able to accommodate the growing number of students and with the pending program from DepEd to fund the building of the classrooms, seeing that opportunity, I saw the chance to make this project a reality for the students, the teachers and the town.”

He added that “as for the school’s name, I though it would be appropriate to name it after our late father who was commonly known as `Nonoy Patrick’ to the people and just Patrick to his friend and family.”

The groundbreaking for the construction of the schoolbuilding was held last September.*


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