Pili, Camarines Sur- To address the shortage of seats and desks in public schools, the Provincial Local Government Unit of Camarines Sur, DENR and DepEd launched Project SILYA today, November 29, 2013. Project SILYA that stands for Stakeholders Involvement for Learning and Youth Advancement was introduced through the signing of Memorandum of Agreement among the agencies at Rodriguez National High School.
Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte attended the event with Arnel P. Rodriguez of DENR and Nympha D. Guemo of DepEd. Atty. Rodriguez said that this is a historic occasion that will be replicated by other provinces in the country. “We will be first in Bicol Region, not only in Bicol Region but nationwide,” Atty. Rodriguez added.
DENR used to donate the confiscated lumbers to DepEd. Due to lack of budget, the lumbers were left in storage. This is the first time finished products were produced through the help of the Provincial Government.
Under the agreement, the DENR will provide the logs and lumber and the seedlings that DepEd requires for the tree planting activities of the school- recipients. The Provincial Government will shoulder the production of armchairs and desks including the costs of labor and other materials. DepEd is tasked to manage the volume and specifications of armchairs, to identify school- recipients, to deliver the armchairs and to plant and protect the seedlings.
“Why is this project effective? First of all, different sectors benefit from this project. And we are able to take care of our surroundings, our environment. We have a saying, „Each and every one of us will do a little but if we combine that all, it will be a lot.‟ Our mission is for Camarines Sur to be the most environment friendly province in Asia,” Gov. Villafuerte elaborated.
Currently, the Provincial Government is actively assisting DENR in the confiscation of illegally sourced lumber and the rehabilitation of forest through the El Verde project.
Also at the same event the three agencies distributed 50 armchairs to Rodriguez National High School. These were received by Marlyn V. Primavera, the principal of the said school.