Cabalen Architects donate `SILUNGAN` for Public School Pupils
August 1, 2018 | By: Arch. Joseph Edward D. Dela Cruz, UAP
The UAP Cabalen-Pampanga Chapter, a newly formed and chartered chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines, held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the construction of a canteen which will be donated to the San Agustin Integrated School Annex at St. Jude Village, Barangay San Agustin, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, last July 30, 2018. It was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program of the 155th Chapter of the UAP, and it adheres to the vision and mission of the integrated and accredited professional organization of architects, and one of the key point agenda of the incumbent UAP National President, Arch. Benjamin K. Panganiban Jr., FUAP, AA, ASEAN ARCH, FRIA.
The idea of donating a school canteen was initiated by the Charter Chapter President of UAP Cabalen, Arch. Hermel M. Gulapa, UAP, when he was invited one time to visit the school and he saw the pitiful situation of the pupils as they occupied the staircases of the school building to have their recess and lunch break. Arch. Gulapa brought-up the matter to the general membership of Cabalen chapter, and all of the members agreed to extend their help in donating a canteen.
Majority of the members of Cabalen chapter are products of public elementary schools, and this is perhaps one of the very reasons why they have a great swell of affection for these projects. There were no sponsors to support the project, instead the members of the chapter donated in kind and in cash to make the project possible. They believe that it may be of small significance for now, but it will surely make a big difference in the near future.
The UAP Cabalen-Pampanga Chapter was chartered last July 17, 2018, and this is one of their initial projects as a new chapter, and they are looking forward to doing more relevant projects that will eventually mark a difference in the society and help in promoting the architecture profession by giving the “Best Practice” in every endeavor.