Largely funded thru Rep. Libanan

TACLOBAN CITY – The construction of the mini-amphitheater at Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) – Guiuan campus is finally complete following the resumption of groundwork last year.

Phase 1 of the project began in 2022 with an initial funding of P5 million, secured by Rep. Maria Fe Abunda of the lone congressional district of the province which covered the construction of the foundations, columns, and platforms.

In 2023, funding for Phase 2 was released with the assistance of Minority Floor Leader and 4Ps party-list Representative Marcelino Libanan.

An additional P30 million was allocated by the national government to complete the infrastructure project.

The blessing and turnover ceremony took place on Monday (June 3) coinciding with the 2024 graduation exercises.

Aside from Rep. Libanan, also present during the event were Governor Ben Evardone, Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan, ACT-CIS party-list Rep.Erwin Tulfo, ESSU president Andres Pagatpatan, and DPWH Eastern Samar District Engineering Office OIC-District Engineer Domcelio Natividad.

“This new amphitheater is not just a building. It is a testament to our collective vision, hard work, and dedication to providing a holistic and enriching environment for our students and community,” Pagatpatan said.

The university president also expressed his appreciation to the officials who ensured the project’s completion.

The facility, with a seating capacity of 245, is designed to host various university activities.
“This new amphitheater will be the center of numerous activities provided by our university, including cultural performances, seminars, gatherings, and other events that will enhance our knowledge and progress,” Rep.Libanan said in his message.

He added that more facilities will be added to the ESSU – Guiuan to ensure it continues to provide quality education and produce high-caliber graduates.

ESSU Student Council president Gene Acosta mentioned that this new infrastructure will greatly benefit students by providing more options for holding their activities.

Before the amphitheater’s completion, Acosta noted that their only options were the function hall, which could accommodate about 50 people, and the covered court.

“We are thankful to have this amphitheater. We now have more options for our activities and events,” Acosta said.