Cotabato City – A century-old school building in Maguindanao gets a makeover this month
20 May 2014
Cotabato City – A century-old school building in Maguindanao gets a makeover this month as the Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) conduct the annual schools maintenance week program Brigada Eskwela.
The six-classroom building in Simuay Seashore Elementary School (SSES) in Barangay Simuay in Sultan Mastura town, believed to be the oldest in the province, was built by American missionaries in 1914
The school caters to around 372 students with 5 teaching staff.
Jamar Kulayan, ARMM education secretary, said they have funded the restoration of the building considering its historical value.
Kulayan said DepEd engineers recommended a makeover after inspecting the building.
“Imbes na tanggalin ay ibalik nalang natin siya sa dating anyo, kaya magbibigay kami ng kaukulang tulong worth 300 thousand pesos para sa building na ito,” he said.
Aside from the restoration, DepEd-ARMM is supporting the construction of another classroom building in the school.
Kulayan said they are also considering the deployment of additional teachers to the school.
DepEd-ARMM in partnership with the Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao has allotted a total of P3 million to support rehabilitation efforts in at least 30 schools in the region as part of the Brigada Eskwela program. (Bureau of Public Information)