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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ground Breaking X2: Villa Aurora, Burauen, Leyte

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11SEP15. Plan International's Engr. Emil Amadar explains to the residents of Villa Aurora, Burauen, Leyte, the memorable significance of the time capsule as witnesses from DepEd, ADB JFPR Grant Management Unit, Plan Int'l, Barangay Officials, Parents & Children listen.

"Words cannot express our thanks to you our dear guests. We are so honored that you do not let the difficult road stop you from coming to our place, to help us rebuild our school and put up a new and modernistic Barangay Health Station. Thank you indeed". So said Barangay Chairman Wenefredo Urtula of Villa Aurora, Burauen. Leyte.

This he said at today's "double" ground breaking ceremonies for the construction of a Barangay Health Station and a simultaneous construction of a 3-classroom school building at Villa Aurora Elementary School. The said school building is being built by Plan International funded under ADB JFPR Grant 9175.

This far flung and hard to reach barangay sits literally in the middle of a mountain range (latitude: 10.9197969, longitude: 124.80330655555555, altitude: 297 meters) that not too many people can visit them to offer help, especially the infrastructure kind of thing.

Travel going to this little barrio of 175 families in 165 households (population 700) takes one via winding and steep unpaved roads that includes your four-wheeled vehicle crossing a wide river (impassable during heavy rains), while those who take motorbikes have to load their bikes on an improvised raft (balsa)!

But ADB JFPR Grant 9175 exerts every available effort to bring help where needed. So, Villa Aurora it is! The school building will benefit some of the 152 kids at Villa Aurora Elementary School.

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