Republic Cement and National Book Store Foundation inaugurate new PES Library


Prinza Elementary School (PES) in Teresa, Rizal now boasts of a new, functional library. Republic Cement Teresa Plant teamed up with National Book Store Foundation, Inc. (NBSFI) to renovate a room and transform it into a child-friendly Learning Resource Center (LRC) for the students to enjoy.


Students, parents, and teachers witnessed the opening of the new facility held at the Prinza Elementary School Multipurpose Court in Barangay Prinza, Teresa. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Republic Cement employees led by its Community Relations Director Angela Edralin and Teresa Plant Manager Rolando Ong. Also in attendance were Municipal Mayor Raul S. Palino, members of the Sangguniang Bayan led by Municipal Vice-Mayor Jeriel SD. Villegas, Barangay Prinza Chairman Jose Manlangit, and Department of Education (DepEd) District Supervisor Meliton A. Berin, Jr.


In his message, Plant Manager Ong emphasized the commitment of Republic Cement to promoting quality education among the youth of Teresa. Aside from its scholarship program, the Republic Cement Teresa Plant also assists schools in the municipality through the continuous improvement of facilities and provision of educational materials and equipment.


Mayor Palino assured more support for the school to better serve the needs of the students while DepEd District Supervisor Meliton A. Berin, Jr., likewise, expressed his appreciation of the contribution of Republic Cement in rekindling the interest of schoolchildren in reading. He assured the support of the education sector to the company.


Through its Social Development and Management Program, the Republic Cement Teresa Plant partnered with NBSFI and implemented Project Aklat, which covers the renovation of the PES Library and the provision of books, customized tables and benches, book racks, and hanging shelves.


The new LRC replaces the makeshift library of PES, which was formerly built under the stairs of the two-story building. It now holds more than 1,000 storybooks for children from Kinder to Grade 6 and complemented by other educational materials.


PES is also a beneficiary of the Brigada Eskwela Book Drive conducted by the Republic Cement Teresa Plant, which expands the collection and variety of books in the library.