Naga, power firm promote love for books

Naga, power firm promote love for books

SPC Power Corp. sponsors public library, computer lab

The enchanted faces of some 30 Naga City public elementary kids after more than an hour of story-telling charmed both Mayor Valdemar Chiong and SPC Power Corp. President and CEO Dennis Villareal.

The story-telling session attracted the attention of guests after the blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the city’s public library and computer laboratory at the seaside St. Francis Ocean Park sponsored by the Filipino-owned power firm.

SPC President and CEO Dennis Villareal (right) and Naga City Mayor Valdemar Chiong (left) cut the ceremonial ribbon during the inauguration of the Naga City Public Library and Computer Laboratory at the St. Francis Ocean Park. The construction and operation of the facility, which will be open to the public on Januay 5, 2015, is sponsored by the SPC Power Corporation.

Inaugurated last December 18, 2014, the new air-conditioned and Internet-connected public library and computer laboratory of Naga City will be open to the public starting January 5, 2014 after the Christmas holidays.


Atty. Kristine Chiong (standing, right) observes her friends from the Basa Dours conduct the story-telling session.

“This is the first story-telling session we organized with the group Basa Dours. I am looking forward to doing this regularly in Naga in 2015,” said the mayor’s only daughter and chief of staff Atty. Kristine Chiong.

The Basa Dours is a non-government group of young people with the passion for organizing story-telling session with children. Atty. Chiong was instrumental in making the session in Naga with grade 3 pupils of the Naga Public Elementary School possible.

“Sessions like this promotes love for books,” she added.

Happy kids


“Knowledge is the key to liberating our people from poverty,” said Villareal in a brief message after the blessing. It is a “legacy that would improve the lot and life of people.”

The public library was built on a 188 square meters lot area fronting the sea. It is located behind the public stage at the center of the St. Francis Ocean Park that has become a centrepiece of Mayor Chiong’s development plans.

Knowledge is the key to liberating our people from poverty

Aside from the computer lab, it has a Children’s Section, a General Reference Reading Section and a specific area for those with disability.

As project sponsor, the SPC Power Corp. envisions the Naga City Library and Computer Laboratory as a primary information center equipped with electronic and non-electronic educational materials and equipment.  This would serve as a depository of materials essential to local governance, citizenship, culture and history.

Cho Chang Yong, Kepco-SPC president, proudly stands beside the initial batch of children’s books the power company donated for the public library. Standing beside him is Dr. Josie Capule, who is SPC’s point person for this library project.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Naga Public Library
Sun.Star’s Justin Vestil tries the computer lab’s fast Internet connection.

The project is undertaken under the Corporate Social Responsibility Program (CSRP) of SPC being a responsible and caring corporate citizen. SPC will continue reaching out to give its share in the attainment of an improved literacy rate thru this information center.

In response, Mayor Chiong expressed Naga City’s gratitude to the SPC Power Corporation. Aside from constructing the facility, the firm that now owns the Naga Power Complex and brought the Korean Power Corp. as a partner to the city, will run the facility in behalf of the city.

SPC officials in Cebu said a professional librarian they recruited from a Cebu City-based state university will manage the facility. The Public Library and Computer Laboratory will be open to the public starting January 5, 2015.

Check out the stories published in local newspapers and the Naga City website


Naga unveils its public library and computer lab (Naga City website)

Modern library now open in Naga (The Freeman)

With private sector’s help, Naga opens public library (Sun.Star Cebu)

Delighted faces of kids during the Christmas season (Anol Mongaya’s colum in Sun.Star Cebu)


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