TMC Inaugurates P68-M School Building in Claver

Geared towards boosting the quality of public education, a new building was donated to Taganito National High School (TNHS) in Claver, Surigao del Sur by Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC) and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation (THPAL).

TMC and THPAL were joined by municipal and barangay officials and Department of Education (DepEd) representatives during the inauguration of the P68.5 million TNHS building as witnessed by Provincial Vice-governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr.

The two-storey building, which houses 32 classrooms, laboratories and other facilities, sits on a one-hectare lot in barangay Taganito, Claver and is expected to benefit over 1,000 students from at least four barangays in time for the opening of classes in June 2018.

The project was made possible with support from partner companies—TMC and THPAL, both of which contributed P21 million each to fund the project.

TMC is a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC), the Philippines’ largest nickel mining conglomerate. NAC also has a minority interest in THPAL.

In her acceptance message, Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Nelia Lomocso, expressed her gratitude for the project, which she said, is an opportunity not enjoyed by all schools and divisions.

“We should thank the Lord for these blessings. Truly now, not all schools and not all divisions are blessed with this kind of building. We can compete with the highly acclaimed private schools not only in the country but probably even in other countries. And for that, we sincerely thank you for the generosity donating this more than 90M worth of building including of course the amenities and all others, ” she said.

Chief Education Supervisor, Dr. Manuel Caberte, added that the project is a corporate social responsibility of its partners “to give back the blessings also to the people of this community.”

“We are also very blessed that Taganito is endowed with a lot of minerals that’s why we are enjoying this,” he said.

Vice-governor Egay also expressed gratitude for such project saying that it is a way of advancing quality education in the municipality of Claver.

“I would like to say that we are so fortunate we have partners like Taganito Mining, THPAL and other stakeholders for that matter, who are seeing to it that we would be able to put premium in giving the best education that we could to the people of the province, the municipality of Claver and Taganito,” said Egay.

No less than NAC's Executive Vice President, Martin Antonio G. Zamora, graced the event and expressed his congratulations to the companies, DepEd and the government units ‘for putting this project together.”

“This is my first time to visit this site and I think it’s much better than even many of the private schools in Manila,” he said.

Zamora went on that it is NAC’s thrust to focus on ‘big, high-impact projects’ that can help the communities.

TNHS started accepting students in 1997 and has since become the breeding ground of outstanding and top performing students, providing quality education at par with top notch schools in the country.

It is also the recipient of various Social Development and Management Programs (SDMP) of TMC such as subsidized teachers, classrooms and multi-purpose hall construction, classroom equipment, support for trainings and competitions, among others.

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