Friday, September 12, 2014
Government to Undertake People's Center and Library Rehab
The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) in Eastern Visayas (PCGG-8) welcomes the move of the Leyte provincial government to rehabilitate the damaged building.
PCGG Eastern Visayas Regional Representative Reynor Dauag said, in a text message to Manila Bulletin that “it is a welcome development to see the provincial government helping” the PCGG in the region rehabilitate the building.
Dauag said PCGG-8 office had spent to fix the damage inside the building which was caused by evacuees who flocked inside at the height of super-typhoon Yolanda.
He lamented the failure by the Tacloban city government in extending assistance to PCGG-8 in repairing such damage.
Dauag said help from the government is needed still to fix the damaged ceiling. The PCGG in Easter n Visayas rents the place for social and other functions while the second floor houses the Leyte Provincial Library.
Meanwhile, even with the advent of online resources, the Leyte provincial government is bound to maintain the largest library in Eastern Visayas founded during the Marcos era which is housed at the People’s Center and Library here.
The library is jointly managed by PCGG-8 and the local government.
The area maintained by the provincial government is recognized by the National Library.
It has some 5,000 hard-bound books 70 percent of which are donated and the remainder procured by the provincial government.
The local government recently allocated a budget of P100,000 for the purchase of new books.
Fe Diodoco, one of the provincial librarians observed that “researchers still come here despite all that advanced technology offers. This is a quiet place, and some students come here to study because the place has fewer distractions and has fresh air,” she added.
The library welcomes an average of 10 researchers comprising of students and some professionals daily.
Diodoco noted an influx of users near the end of every school year as students scramble to complete academic requirements.
Science, English, Math and Filipino books are those that are in demand, she said.
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