Una sa Pilipinas: Ateneo de Davao breaks ground for ‘eco-school’


Ateneo de Davao may soon land in the Philippines’ history books as the first university to have an environment-friendly school for its Senior High School campus in Bangkal, Davao City.

Officials of the university held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility last Wednesday, Davao Today reported.

Senior High School director Ricardo Enriquez said the campus’ eco-friendly features include collecting rainwater to be used for comfort rooms.

He added the campus will have photovoltaic solar panels as an alternative power supply source. The building will have an aerodynamic design to harness wind for cooling.

Enriquez said the SHS campus will have four school buildings and one administration building designed by its principal architect, John Immanuel Palma. The campus will have 90 classrooms and 38 prime laboratories including the science, engineering, speech, and art laboratory.

For his part, AdDU University President Fr. Joel Tabora said the eco-friendly campus can also “teach our students how to be environmentally responsible.”