UPDATED MARCH 17
Did you attend Artacho school? Then you probably know that the school did not have it’s own water supply. It’s hard to believe that Artacho School is just now getting its own water supply thanks to the tireless efforts of Kagawad Loejan Anudon. Kagawad Anudon, who is also PTCA president for Artacho School, campaigned and relentlessly pursued officials to drill a well for the school so that the students won’t have to fetch water from neighboring wells anymore. With the leadership of Engineer Jonar Manaois, drilling equipment and supplies have been delivered at the school and soon Artacho School will have its own water supply right on campus.
According to Kgwd. Anudon, “Kawawa kasi mga bata sa school. Lagi silang inuutusan ng mga teachers na magigib kung sasan saan at napakadelikado pa ang highway sa kanila.” Having a well on campus will give students more time to focus on their learning rather than carrying water to the school and their safety is more secure when they don’t have to navigate crossing the busy highway to perform this chore.
The well to be drilled at the school is planned for a much deeper depth than common wells, making the water supply more reliable. The drilling equipment is capable of penetrating to more than 1,000 feet below whereas manually drilled wells only go to a depth of 60 feet. This well drilling project has the prospect of benefiting not only the school but also neighboring barangays due to the enormity of its scope.
One concession was made in order to get the project started, however. The main gate that we are all familiar with had to be torn down in order for the heavy equipment and trucks to enter school grounds. The old gate which was narrow had prevented other projects at the school from being implemented in the past because equipment and trucks could not get through. And with talks of impending highway widening, school officials decided to open up the gate. While immediate plans to restore the gate haven’t been conceived, this is certainly going to be another priority project in the future.
This undertaking is a group effort encompassed under the leadership of Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco and Mayor Kimi Cojuangco. Facilitated by Kagawad Anudon, the success of the project advanced with endosement from Artacho Punong Barangay, Wilmer B. Ulangca and Artacho School Principal, Mrs. Jovita Narciza Prieto; and the students and community members who lent their support, and continue to do so, during the construction, demolition and digging on their campus.
NOTES ASIDE: It is interesting to note that the councilor whose name is engraved on the old gate, Councilor Pedro Narcisa, Jr, is the father of the present principal at the school, Mrs. Jovita Prieto.
And if you are wondering who the good looking guy in the blue shirt demolishing the gate, that is no other than Mostique Malqued.
Photos courtesy of L.Anudon