A team of architects and engineers from the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) and environmentalists from the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO), Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) – Tupi and Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Office – Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL) trooped to Sitio Glandang, Kablon, Tupi on May 18 to conduct a visit and inspection on the future site of the “School in the Forest.”
Rogelio Calmita, PEMO Community Development Officer who was accompanied by Administrative Aide Stella Loreno, disclosed that Glandang Primary School (GPS), an annex of Polonuling Elementary School also in Tupi, was the chosen future site of the said school since it is located within the jurisdiction of the MMPL.
“We plan to develop the site with the construction of different structures such as training center, museum, view deck, nursery shed, foot walk, among others,” Calmita pointed out in an interview.
The PEO as part of its mandate was tasked to design the structures inside the environment school with site inspection being first part only in the series of visits they will conduct in the area.
“Initially, we will send a team to survey the area,” a PEO team member said during the ocular visit.
Calmita revealed to the team that, more or less, the site to be develop sits around a hundred-hectare property.
GPS, a very active partner in the Youth for Environment School Organization (YES-O) program of environment agencies, is the launching pad for trekkers going to Mt. Matutum, whose scenic view is very visible in the school horizon.