Philsaga school enrollees soar high


Philsaga school enrollees soar high

By Anthony S. Allada

High school students enrolled at the state-of-the-art Philsaga High School Foundation in Barangay Coo, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur have continued to increase.

Philsaga president retired Army Col. Samuel G. Afdal said the school which was built six years ago has 580 students enrolled in this month’s school opening.

“The number of our students enrolled every year is increasing. This is our commitment to give quality education for free to those living near our mining site in Bunawan. Last March, at least 75 students graduated in our school,” Afdal said, adding the students are all scholars and they only have to pay miscellaneous fees in their studies.

He said they have also two school buses to fetch the students from their respective houses in going to the school.

“We are also giving them free books and other school supplies,” he told the Mindanao Newsmakers.

The school has its mission to commit itself to provide quality instructions and adequate school facilities that enhance the Holistic aspect of an individual and a vision as a progressive school of well-developed individual who is globally competitive in the present society.

Mary Grace Reyes, a fourth year class adviser and a Math teacher, said that their students are excelling academically because they do not have to worry their financial problems in paying their tuition fees because they are scholars.

“Unlike in other private high schools which have very expensive tuition fees, our school is giving free education to our students. They are really very lucky here,” Reyes said.

The school is equipped with fully-furnished 15 classrooms, 15 teachers and seven non-teaching staff, covered court, canteen and a teachers’ cottage where teachers use it as their boarding house.

Aside from the school, Philsaga also owns a hospital, Philsaga Mining Hospital, which is also located near the school premises.

The hospital which is located at the mining site in Banahaw, Barangay Bayugan 3, Rosario, Agusan del Sur has 25 beds and is capable of conducting major surgeries.

“We are also very concern of the health of our workers and even those living near our mining site,” Afdal said.

Along this line, Philsaga is also conducting a quarterly medical and dental missions in areas of Bunawan, Sto Rosario and other neighboring towns in Agusan del Sur, this was according to Dr. Victor P. Salvado, Mindanao Philsaga Foundation President.

“This is to fulfill our commitment for corporate responsibity to host communities and even in communities already very far from the mining areas of our company,” Salvado said.

He said “we are doing this quarterly for the past five years apart from providing free health care programs to our workers and their immediate families, our hospital is not only open to the more than 2,000 mining workers but to the host community residents and the public as well.” (ASA)


One response to this post.

  1. job well done


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