APALIT, Pampanga — The blessing and dedication of the Okada Building at the Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVSU) Apalit Campus in Brgy. Sampaloc in this town was held on April 25.
In his speech, Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda asked the students to prioritize their studies in order to at least repay their parents’ efforts and sacrifices.
“Kaming mga opisyal, ginagawa namin ang lahat para maging komportable kayo sa pag-aaral ninyo. Isa lang ang hinihingi namin sa inyo–tapusin ninyo ang pag-aaral ninyo, dahil importante ang edukasyon sa buhay natin,” said Governor Delta.
He also thanked Senator Lito Lapid, who also graced the event, for his efforts in finding a donor, as well as the Okada Foundation, Inc. for its generosity in donating ₱50 million for the realization of the 3-story school building that houses 12 classrooms.
James Lorenzana, president of the Okada Foundation, Inc., disclosed that the Okada Building is the first building that their foundation has ever funded.
“Ang Okada Building o ang DHVSU Apalit Campus Academic Building 2 ay ang kauna-unahang gusali na pinondohan ng ating foundation, at mahalaga po para sa amin na ang gusaling ito ay gusaling paaralan… Kami po sa Okada Foundation, Inc. ay naglaan ng limampung milyong piso para maipatayo ang academic building na ito, at ‘di po natin maisasakatuparan ang proyekto kundi rin sa suporta ng PAGCOR,” said Lorenzana.
Aside from donations, Apalit Mayor Jun Tetangco said that the local government of Apalit is continuously providing ₱4-million yearly to cover the staffing and operational costs of the university.
The blessing and dedication of the building was led by Rev. Msgr. Antonio Bustos, parish priest of the St. Peter the Apostle Parish.