The municipality of Sta. Fe initiated the transfer of the old school to a safer and more accessible site. Buyasyas Elementary School was located on a cliff, and from the barangay road pupils and teachers had to negotiate a difficult footpath to reach the school.
TYKFI, in partnership with the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), Department of Education, Local Government of Sta. Fe, Buyasyas Barangay Council, and school lot donor Mr. Mario Kinupcop, opened the school to 135 pupils this June.
Allan Paclit, Principal I, calls the new building a “blessing from the Lord for the pupils, teachers, and the community.” He adds, “this will encourage parents to send their children to school and work hard for their children’s future; and with the new facilities pupils and teachers will be more energetic and eager to learn.
Sta. Fe Municipal Mayor Hon. Teodorico DP. Padilla, Jr. is glad that “school buildings seem to be coming for our children”and calls the public-private sector partnership “daluyan ng pagpapala”(stream of caring).
Albert G. Bangunan, EPS 1, THELE, called for every member of the community to unite and work together and encouraged parents to send all their children to school. He ceremonially received the building saying, “I humbly accept the 4 CL school building through the Tan Yan Kee Foundation and FFCCCII as represented by Mr. Philip Sing and humbly turnover the said building to LGU-Sta. Fe then to Buyasyas Elementary School teachers, pupils and community of Buyasyas.”
Buyasyas Elementary School in Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya recently inaugurated a four-classroom building, replacing the old school. Barangay Buyasyas, populated by some 653 residents of the I’wak Tribe, is practically isolated during the rainy season accessible only by a five-kilometer trek. Sweet peas and sweet camote through upland farming are the main produce and source of income here.
Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. joined in the “Adopt-a- School” program in providing school supplies to pupils and students of disadvantage schools. This project aims to provide pupils and students basic school supplies for them to attend schooling continuously.