Just in time for the celebration of Fire Safety Month in March, Visayan Electric has turned over a total of 419 rewired classrooms to nine public schools within its franchise area, helping protect students and teachers from electrical fires in the future.
The beneficiaries of Visayan Electric’s P11-million “Upgrading of Electrical Systems in Schools Project” are Pardo Extension ES, Hipodromo ES, and Inayawan ES in Cebu City; South Poblacion ES in San Fernando, Naga HS in Naga City, Cansojong NHS in Talisay City, Don Gerardo LL. Ouano MNHS in Mandaue City, Lamac ES in Consolacion, and Catarman ES in Liloan.
The barangay and us teachers were really able to maximize the use of the newly-rewired classrooms.
DR. SALVACION L. OPORTO
“Despite the start of the pandemic and the implementation of lockdowns last year, which limited movement within our franchise area, we made it a point to continue our commitment to ensure the safety of our public schools,” said Engr. Raul C. Lucero, President and Chief Operating Officer of Visayan Electric.
Older materials in electrical systems, whether in schools or in homes, have a higher tendency of overheating. There is a need to upgrade to systems that use modern materials to reduce the chances of electrical fires and other electricity-related issues.
Rewiring works began during the first quarter of 2020 but had to be stopped during the lockdown from March to May. Due to strict health protocols, rewiring works only resumed in July and was completed in December. Pardo Extension ES and Hipodromo ES were the only schools where the rewiring work was finished before the lockdowns were implemented.
Dr. Salvacion L. Oporto, principal of Hipodromo ES, was thankful that the rewiring was finished just in time because the school was used as a Barangay Isolation Center until August last year. She said the teachers were able to use the school only in September in preparation for the start of classes last October.
“The barangay and us teachers were really able to maximize the use of the newly-rewired classrooms,” she added.
Visayan Electric has rewired a total of 4,783 classrooms in its franchise area since 2010 in a move to ensure that schools are safe from electrical issues and that students and teachers have a safe learning environment with reliable electricity.