The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers attended the virtual opening program of the ground breaking ceremony of the Girl’s Education Center (GEC) on April 14, 2021 to be located in the compound of the Department of Education Regional Office VIII, Brgy. Candahug, Palo, Leyte.
The ceremony is graced by the representatives of UNESCO, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Department of Education, the Local Government Units of the Province of Leyte, Tacloban City and Palo, other development partners and stakeholders. This will officially kick-off the start of the actual construction works of the 2-storey center building that would be implemented in eight months.
PICE fully supported this project with a memorandum of understanding signed between the UNESCO Jakarta on 07 September 2018. The partnership has been created for the design and construction of Girls Education Center in Eastern Visayas, Philippines. This infrastructure is under the UNESCO-KOIKA-DepEd project “Better Life for Out-of-School Girls to Fight Against Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines” with the financial support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency.
“PICE’s contribution in the project will guide UNESCO to ensure efficient design and construction of the center that will serve as a one-stop shop alternative learning system institution and facility in the area delivering alternative learning opportunities for out-of-school girls. The center is envisioned to be a world-class facility that has a state of the art facilities and equipment with learning session rooms, offices, learning resource center, ICT room with audio-visual facilities, and laboratories among others. Moreover, the center will provide accessibility to differently-abled learners, teachers, officials and guests at all levels (PWD friendly design) and a disaster-resilient building with a total gross floor area of 1,365 square meters more or less and a total building footprint area of 381 square meters more or less. It is intended for a capacity of around 200 learners,” quoted from a published article of UNESCO Jakarta.
The free services of PICE for this project is in fulfillment of one of its objectives which is to enhance social responsibility and community involvement of civil engineers by offering technical services and collaborating with other organizations in the conduct of community development programs.
The PICE was represented during the event by Dr. Erdsan Rene S. Suero, National President; Engr. Albert A. Perfecto, National 2nd Vice President; Engr. Bernardo C. de Guzman, National Business Manager; Engr. Henry C. Cua, PICE Regional Coordinator for Region VIII; Engr. Rhonnie C. Estores, PICE Executive Director and Mr. Oliver Bantolinao, PICE Admin and Operations Head. PICE/news.