Storm-hit village gets new classroom for preschoolers

February 28,2019

The students at the newly-built daycare center in Brgy.Babuyan, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur.


CARRASCAL, Surigao del Sur--When typhoon Basyang hit parts of Surigao del Sur early last year, it destroyed the daycare center of Brgy. Babuyan.

"Books and other instructional materials got washed out. Our classroom was riddled with mud. I was heartbroken," said daycare teacher Elizabeth G. Cordita, who has been teaching at the village's preschool for a decade.

Brgy. Babuyan is one of the host communities of Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) for its Surigao del Sur Nickel Project. To help the community affected by typhoon Basyang, MMDC built a new daycare center, from the 2018 Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) fund.

The company spent PHP300,000.00 for the new structure. Completed last year, the classroom can hold at least 30 pupils and even provides a space for the teacher's work area. It also has its own comfort room.

Cordita said she and her 29 pupils are expected to move in soon to their new “home”. For the past several months, she has been conducting classes at an adjacent "nipa" classroom where they were forced to transfer after the storm.

"We're just finishing the installation of our instructional materials and some decorative fixtures," she said. "The children are excited to move in to this brand new classroom."

MMDC spent over PHP2.8 million in 2018 for projects under SDMP's education component.

These include scholarships for college students, financial assistance for high school and elementary learners, construction and repair of classrooms and other school facilities, and subsidies for volunteer teachers.

MMDC's Surigao del Sur Nickel Project is located within a 4,799-hectare area spanning the towns of Carrascal, Cantilan, and Madrid.

The company's SDMP funds--equivalent to 1.5 percent of the company's annual operating costs--benefit thousands of families in four host towns, five neighboring barangays, as well as 33 non-mining communities.

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