The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo has opened two dormitories for students in the towns of Balangkayan and Salcedo in Eastern Samar, as part of its initiatives to help improve the quality of education in communities in need. 

On Friday (August 23), VP Leni personally led the turnovers of the dormitories, which were built in an aim to improve attendance and grades among students living in far-flung areas.

In Balangkayan, VP Leni met with 16 female students who will be occupying the dormitory built for Balangkayan National High School and Senior High School. Here, they shared that some of them live as far as 12 kilometers away from their school, which is the sole entry point for high school students from 15 barangays in town. 

In Salcedo, a girls’ dormitory was also opened in Matarinao School of Fisheries, a high school that specializes in technical-vocational-livelihood track, particularly fishery. With the school located in a remote area, students walk for hours, for as far as 9 kilometers each way. Here, 21 female students who endure such long walks will now get to stay in the dormitory. 

During the visit, VP Leni reminded the students to do well in school, and to help each other as they share these living spaces. 

“Sinabi ko lang na mag-aral sila nang mabuti. Tapos siyempre masusukat namin kung successful iyong project na ito kapag nag-improve talaga iyong dropout rates, saka kapag nag-improve iyong grades nila,” she said. 

The OVP has also opened dormitories for two schools in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte and Sumilao, Bukidnon, where a “dramatic improvement” has been seen in the students’ performance. VP Leni said she hopes the same will happen in the school-beneficiaries in Balangkayan and Salcedo. 

Aside from this, the OVP has taken on several initiatives for public education, such as the construction and repair of classrooms; the provision of multicabs and learning equipment; and scholarships and training opportunities. Most of these projects are made possible through private sector partnerships under the Angat Buhay program. 

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