In Eastern Samar

BORONGAN CITY– Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Isidro Lapeña led in the soft opening of an agri-technology building in Balangiga town on March 15.
The P10 million worth of building is at the Balangiga National Agricultural School (BANAS), a TESDA technology institution.
Lapeña said the building is the realization of their expansion program to accommodate more clients.
“With the new agri-tech building, more students in animal production and agricultural crops production will enroll,” Lapeña told the small crowd of TESDA employees, school employees, students, and parents who attended the simple program.
“With the expansion of TESDA programs, we hope to contribute to address the poverty incidence in this area,” he added,
Rolando Juanillo, TESDA-Eastern Samar provincial director, said the building will be finished by the end of March.
He added that this is still one of the initiatives of then Joel Villanueva and it is only this time that the building construction was realized.
Juanillo shared that BANAS is offering courses on animal and agricultural crops production, cassava production, and poultry production.
BANAS occupies a 46-hectare campus in Balangiga and still has other sites in other barangays including one with a rice production site.
With the additional building, Maria Nenalyn Abanador, school administrator, is hopeful that more students interested in agricultural production will increase in the area.
(NBQ/PIA-8, Eastern Samar)