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OLD SLOT MACHINE STANDS BRING COMFORT TO CHILDREN

by on Nov.20, 2012, under PAGCOR CSR

“HINDI na po kami nagsisiksikan sa upuan kaya’t nakapag-aaral na po kami ng husto.”

Thus said Kathy Pañares, a grade five pupil at Mambog Elementary School in Cavite who was among the beneficiaries of the school desk donation of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

Kathy used to share cramped seating spaces with her classmates, which she claimed affected their concentration during classes. “Dati po kasi hindi kami makatutok sa itinuturo ng mga teacher namin dahil nagkakasikuhan po kami. Ngayon po, maayos na kaming nakakagalaw.”

Since 2011, PAGCOR has been delivering school desks made out of old slot machine stands to various public elementary schools in Metro Manila and Cavite. To date, the state-owned gaming firm has already distributed close to 1,000 school desks to 14 schools and will continue to do so to help mitigate the shortage of comfortable classroom furniture in other public learning institutions.

PAGCOR is the only casino operator in the world that utilizes discarded parts from old slot machine stands to produce functional school desks.

“As we often say, only in the Philippines can we find such a novel, unique idea like this. Through this project, we are able to make something from junk instead of just throwing them away. Walang tapon ang bawat piraso ng lumang slot machine stand. Every piece is used to make the school desks,” said Assistant Vice President JC Manalo of PAGCOR’s Property and General Services Department (PGSD).

Manalo says the fabrication of the school desk is much cheaper compared to other school desks which range from P2,000 to P2,500 per unit. “The total cost of each two-seater school desk is pegged only at P652.37.”

With the agency’s donation of almost 1,000 school desks, the government saved roughly P2 million since not a single centavo was spent for the procurement of these new school desks for public schools.

According to Judith Benzon, Assistant Manager at the Fabrication and Repair Works Unit (FRWU) of the PAGCOR General Services Department (GSD) in Imus, Cavite, the idea to convert old slot machine stands into school desks came about in 2010 when former PAGCOR Logistics and General Services Department (LGSD) Assistant Vice President Patrick Puno asked them to utilize the said junks instead of simply throwing them away.

“That was how the project started and since then, it has already benefited several public elementary schools. The existing classroom furnitures are already dilapidated and deemed uncomfortable to use by the ever growing student population,” said Benzon.

Tasked to design the school desks was FRWU officer Melbargas Canlas who said that each school desk can fit up to three pupils, depending on the size of the slot machine stands.

PAGCOR collects old slot machine stands from several Casino Filipino branches to be fabricated into school desks at its warehouse in Imus, Cavite.

The production of the school desks begins with the dismantling of old slot machine stands and cutting the usable parts into several patterns to form the desk frame, the stands and the reinforcement. These patterns are then smoothened to remove rough surfaces.

Once the parts are fitted together and the school desk is assembled completely, a putty mixture is applied all over it to make the desk waterproof. After this, the whole desk is smoothened using sandpaper before it is spray-painted.

The state-owned gaming firm delivers school desks to public schools based on need.

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PAGCOR ALLOCATES P13.4-M TO BUILD 2-STOREY SCHOOL BUILDING

by on Nov.13, 2012, under PAGCOR CSR

CAMANTILES, Pangasinan – Camantiles Elementary School may no longer have to suspend classes during typhoons and heavy flooding after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) allocated P13.4 million for the construction of a 2-storey school building here.

Once fully constructed, the new building in Camantiles Elementary School will have 10 spacious rooms that could accommodate 55 to 60 students and  four comfort rooms. The building is being constructed at an elevated height of 1.5 meters to withstand heavy floods. The construction of the building began 4th week of October this year. It is estimated to be completed in 5 months.

PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Cristino L. Naguiat, Jr. said the school building that is being donated by the state-owned gaming firm to Camantiles Elementary School is part of government’s efforts to address the backlog of classrooms in the country.

“One of our priority Corporate Social Responsibility projects is to help the Department of Education (DepEd) solve the classrooms shortage in public schools. Last year, PAGCOR allocated P1 billion for the construction of 1,000 classrooms nationwide. We are planning to continue with this project by allocating bigger funds for the construction of more classrooms in public schools across the country,” he explained.

Naguiat was among the special guests during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new school building last October 29.

Joseph Tabelin, Principal III of Camantiles Elementary School, said the school building being constructed through PAGCOR’s help “will bring great relief to students and teachers whose classes have to be suspended from time to time whenever calamities like flooding occur in the area.”

Tabelin narrated that major calamities hit Camantiles three to four times a year. “Kapag dumadating ang kalamidad, dinadayo din kami ng putik at baha. Almost two feet ang putik na pumapasok sa aming mga classroom. Iyan ang nagiging sanhi ng delay sa aming klase.”

To catch up on lost time, teachers of Camantiles Elementary School conduct make-up classes and provide modules to students for them to study at home. But Tabelin admitted that providing students with a venue conducive to studying will greatly help in the students’ learning process.  Malaking ginhawa ang classrooms na ibibigay ng PAGCOR. Hindi ito basta-basta mapapasok ng baha dahil elevated,” he explained.

The school administrator narrated that the town of Camantiles is surrounded by two rivers. Whenever these rivers overflow, their small town is also submerged in floodwaters. “Kami ay nagpapasalamat ng lubos sa PAGCOR sa pagbibigay sa amin ng 2-storey building. Hindi lang siguro ito magsisilbing classrooms kundi evacuation center na din,” Tabelin added.

Meantime Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo G.E. Perez IV expressed his gratitude to PAGCOR for addressing the concern of his constituents. “Lubos po tayong nagpapasalamat sa PAGCOR dahil alam nila ang sitwasyon dito sa atin. Alam nilang madalas tayong maapektuhan ng pagbaha,” he said.

Besides the construction of the 2-storey school building in Camantiles Elementary School, PAGCOR has funded the construction of 1,000 classrooms in various parts of the country as part of its “Matuwid na Daan sa Silid Aralan project” in 2011. More classrooms will be built once the 2nd phase of the project is implemented this year.

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