The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office VIII donated one pre-used Toyota Innova utility vehicle (UV) and 38 classroom chairs to the Leyte National High School (LNHS) on 30 May 2023. Said properties are still serviceable but were donated in NEDA VIII’s desire to contribute to the basic education sector of the region.

The ceremonial turnover was conducted at the LNHS Audio Visual (AV) Hall where NEDA VIII Regional Director (RD) Meylene C. Rosales, Assistant Regional Director Atty. Jam M. Colas, OIC-Chief Administrative Officer Loretta M. Tanpiengco, and select NEDA VIII-Finance and Administrative Division staff were warmly welcomed by LNHS officials headed by Principal Ma. Delia E. Soria.

In her message, RD Rosales assured LNHS that although the chairs and vehicle were used for years by the office, they are in good condition. The car has been undergoing regular preventive maintenance, and the chairs are not overused. She expressed hope that the chairs and vehicle will contribute to a more conducive learning environment in the school.

In his closing remarks, Assistant Principal Aldim B. Roda explained that with the implementation of full face-to-face classes, the school has been confronted with limited resources and lack of facilities vis-a-vis their current population of 10,000 students. He shared that many of their students just sit on the floor due to lack of classroom chairs. Also, he revealed that they do not have a vehicle for their official transportation needs. He affirmed that these donations will immensely help them in addressing some of their needs. On behalf of the school, he conveyed his gratitude to NEDA VIII for choosing them as the beneficiary. The donation was formalized through a ceremonial signing of the Deed of Donation.

LNHS, the largest secondary school in Eastern Visayas, recorded its highest number of enrollees at 10,319 in School Year 2022-2023. Leyte High, as popularly called, was established in 1905 and has produced graduates who have served or are now serving key positions in both the government and private sectors.

Article by: Stephanie V. Plimaco, NRO VIII-FAD

Photos by: Mary Joyce C. Estudillo and Pamela C. Pala, NRO-VIII FAD