San Manuel, Pangasinan, one of the direct host communities of the San Roque Multipurpose Project (SRMP), is the home of Internal Audit Department auditor Evelyn Dimaandal’s mom. While she mostly grew up with her father, a former NPC employee, in Angat, Bulacan, almost all her siblings grew up in San Manuel and were alumni at the San Roque Elementary School. Through Ms. Evelyn’s initiative, the 82-year old San Roque school became the recipient of four (4) computer from PSALM.
On 18 February, the PSALM volunteers were welcomed by no less than the students and faculty of San Roque led by Principal Delia Diaz, San Roque Kagawad James Campo, and Ms. Zaide Perez, who spoke on behalf San Manuel municipal mayor Alain Jerico Perez. After the ceremonies, a number of students were allowed to operate the computers to try out some MS Office and other computer applications. To their delight, the PSALM employees were also treated to a merienda of fresh coconut juice and meat complemented by a generous slice of bibingka.
For Ms. Evelyn, the event was akin to a small reunion wherein her sister-in-law Lilibeth Barro, who teaches at the school, also took part in the turnover ceremonies. Even the emcee, Ms. Ma. Theresa Mendoza, was a former daycare teacher of hers.
The San Roque Elementary School started out in 1933 as a makeshift building of pawid, with the dirt as the classroom floor. Today, through the combined efforts of the local government unit and the proponents of the SRMP, the teachers at the school are able to focus more on the needs of their student, with their teacher-student ratio down to only 1:23 - the smallest yet among the recipients of PSALM’s computer transfer project for the year.