June 21, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The local government unit turned over a lot to the Department of Education where the Talubin Elementary School (ES) is located. 
Mayor Franklin Odsey said the lot and the structure, which are being used as Talubin ES is historical as it served as the municipal office during the Spanish period as shown by Spanish bricks that are still intact. 
The mayor said one of the priority programs of his administration which is anchored on his vision “Bontoc on the rise” is support to the education sector.
A public teacher for years before entering politics, Odsey recognized the need for a conducive learning space for learners/students.
He expressed hopes that with the turnover of the municipal lot to Talubin ES-Doddo Campus, the DepEd can now fully use the area for education purposes. 
He added DepEd will no longer be a caretaker of the lot and structure, as it is now the owner. He encouraged the recipients to be responsible stewards in using the facilities of the school and the lot for them to ensure that these shall last for the succeeding generations of learners to also enjoy. 
“Structures will have significance if you, the students give life to its existence. This is by doing your best in your studies and being responsible individuals in the community. It is with high hopes that the turnover of the lot to the DepEd will inspire the students to do their best and bring honor to their school and the community,” the mayor said in an interview. 
Vice Mayor Eusebio Kabluyen encouraged the recipients to take good care of the lot and the structure. Engineer Domingo Banglo, Jr., who represented Schools Division Superintendent Sally Ullalim expressed the gratitude of the DepEd to the clan that donated the lot to the Bontoc LGU and the Bontoc LGU for transferring the Rights of Ownership to the DepEd-Talubin ES. 
Banglo and Talubin ES Principal Maurice Baniswal received the legal documents from Odsey and was witnessed by Kabluyen, other local officials, barangay officials, DepEd personnel, teachers, parents, and learners. – Alpine K. Malwagay and Elizabeth S. Farnican