San Roque Power Corp eyes education as key to alleviating poverty

SAN MANUEL, Pangasinan, Dec. 15 (PIA) — The San Roque Power Corp (SRPC) here embarked on Education Governance Programs as its operators believe that education is one of the best solutions in alleviating poverty.

Engr. Tom Valdez, SRPC vice president for corporate affairs, said the corporation partnered with Synergeia Foundation with the support of the Department of Education to impart knowledge to children, parents, and even teachers from the towns of San Manuel and San Nicolas in Pangasinan and Itogon in Benguet – the communities that house the San Roque Dam.

“If we give the basic foundation of education, there will not be a single child here who cannot read,” he told the Philippine Information Agency in an interview.

On Wednesday, more than 9,000 workbooks on Reading, Math, and Science, were distributed to pupils in Grades 1, 2, and 3 from various schools.

This Friday, SRPC led the inauguration of day-care center and the Laklak creek retaining wall in Barangay Camangaan; repair of five-classroom building in Barangay Bobon; and building of one-classroom building each for barangays Bomboaya and Don Cristobal.

Valdez said its Teachers’ Training program which started three years ago was organized to enable the teachers to understand and develop strategies on how their students can enjoy reading, pronounce words and communicate and at the same time recognize numbers and count properly.

Parent participation was seen as a way to enhance children’s self esteem and a way to improve the child’s academic achievement thus training for the mothers and father s are also being conducted by SRPC, he added.

“When parents are involved in their children’s education, both children and parents are likely to benefit,” Valdez said.

SRPC, he added, has also been sponsoring the salaries of at least 20 teachers every year since 2003.

“We promised the communities that when SRPC leaves in year 2028, we will leave them with a good and productive life,” Valdez said.

San Roque Power Corp, operator of the San Roque Multi-purpose Project including the Dam, was built beginning in 1998 to harness the power of the Agno River, bringing benefits to several communities in the heart of Luzon which include: flood control, irrigation, electrical power and improved water quality (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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