New Pimpila gym a ‘labor of love’

June 29, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 314 views

PimpilaPimpilaTHE Pimpila Elementary School Alumni Association in Pamplona, Cagayan on Thursday inaugurated their newly-built multi-purpose gymnasium.

Officials of the school described the gymnasium as a dream come true for local residents.

Police Regional Office 2 director Brigadier General Percival A. Rumbaoa and Colonel Hansel M. Marantan, the chief of the National Capital Region Field Unit of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, led the highly-successful event in Pamplona, a 4th-class Cagayan municipality.

Col. Marantan, the president of the school’s alumni association, said it has been their long-cherished dream to have a multi-purpose gymnasium that will provide a better place for their school and community activities.

“Last year, we dreamt of having a gym for our children but because government resources is never enough, it means we have to improvise, therefore we have to solicit.

The wish became a plan and the plan became a reality, so we are here today,” Marantan said.

The police official described the building of the Pimpila gym as a ‘collective effort pioneered by the PNP’ with the support of the Alumni Association, the Parent-Teacher Association, the local government unit and the active participation of the community.

“Ang sab inga ni PNP chief, General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr., ito ay bunga ng Serbisyong Nagkakaisa.

It’s a combination of wit and luck, the prayers of the teachers and parents, the community. And in the end, we made it. Sabi nga sa Maynila, yes, the Cagayanos can,” the official said.

He expressed his heartfelt thanks to those who helped built the Pimpila gym.

“I can’t mention your names one-by-one because you are too many. Sana nga lang sa mga nag-donate, makita ninyo ang saya ng mga bata at mga magulang nila.

You brought joy to us and to them, and we can say, you just bought your ticket to heaven,” he said.

Col. Marantan said that its also a ‘mother’s dream’ come true.

He referred to his late mother, Mrs. Milagros Araneta Matamis Marantan, who really dreamt of building a gymnasium for their school.

“She’s in heaven now very happy about us,” he said.

Col. Marantan took the occasion to tell the Pimpila students to help care for their new gymnasium.

“Huwag ninyong sisirain ang gym. Madami ang napagod at nagsakripisyo dito.

Magagalit si Chief PNP at hindi niyo magugustuhan pag nasira dahil hahanapin namin kayo,” he joked.