Ateneo de Davao to Build Philippines’ First Eco-Friendly School Campus

Jesuit university Ateneo de Davao University will build an environmentally-friendly building to house its Senior High School campus in Bangkal, Davao City, reportedly the first of its kind in the country.

Speaking at the structure’s groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Ricardo P. Enriquez the school’s directory of Senior High School, said the campus will incorporate eco-friendly designs such as rainwater collection to be used for washrooms and other purposes. He added that the building will make use of photovoltaic solar panels to generate alternative source of power supply and aerodynamic design to harness wind to cool of building interiors.

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AdDU University President Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, said the campus “will be completely green so that we can teach our students how to be environmentally responsible.” Bigger than the current campus in Jacinto Street, the Tabora said the Bangkal campus located at McArthur Highway will accommodate Senior High School students.

“We propose to be the SHS of choice, because SHS here in Ateneo will be the gateway AdDU’s college, the ordinary way of entering the AdDU college,” he said. “We would want and encourage everybody to tell their friends that it is not easy to get into AdDU if they will not go through AdDU SHS.”

The Senior High School campus whose primary architect of the project is John Immanuel R. Palma, will feature four school buildings and one administration building. It will have 90 classrooms, and 38 prime laboratories covering science, engineering, speech and art laboratory.

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