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Lions Clubs donate new school building

The Lions Clubs of Manila donated last Friday a three-story school building to the Epifanio delos Santos Elementary School in Malate, Manila in time for the opening of classes tomorrow.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada led the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new school building at the corner of Gen. Malvar and Singalong Streets.

The P7.5-million school building has six classrooms and can accommodate up to 300 elementary pupils, said Robert B. Roque, Council Chairperson of the International Association of Lions Club-Manila. The classrooms also have their respective restrooms.

Roque said that half of the total cost was shouldered by two subsidiaries of Lions Club International in Japan, the Edosaki Lions Club and the Tsuchiurakita Lions Club.

He said the Manila Sampaloc Lions Club and its newly-chartered Manila Sakura Lions Club, led by Charter President Rosemarie Sato, answered to the call of EDSES to build additional facilities for its growing population.

“The project is part of our vision to serve not just in schools but also in different communities,” said Roque. “And of course this joint project of Lions Club of Japan and Philippines is to promote international understanding and cooperation.”

The group also donated Japanese school bags and conducted a feeding program for at least 200 students who participated in the event. (Analou de Vera)