The Department of Education (DepEd) here began restoration work in two heritage school buildings in this municipality and in the capital town of Lagawe in honor of the early assemblyman who authored the construction of these buildings just after World War II.

Called the Gabaldon building after the name of a lawmaker from Nueva Ecija, the two edifices have initial approved budget of P3,860,000.

According to Honorio Pumihic, physical facilities coordinator of DepEd Ifugao, the project involves the restoration of a two-storey C-type school building which formerly served as the pioneer Kiangan Central School just after WWII at the Poblacion beside the surrender site of Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

The other building is a one-storey, C-type at the Lagawe Central School which also served as the earliest school of this municipality but are now both replaced by the Imelda-type school buildings.

The former buildings were made of native hardwoods such as the yakal tree, red lauan, and pine trees which were then abundant during the pre-war and postwar times.

Pumihic said that these sturdy buildings have great historical value since they are the only kind of school buildings erected in the entire Philippines that survived many generations and withstood all kinds of weather but were still standing until these were demolished.

These also symbolize the early education of the Ifugaos and made them what they are now today so that the restoration will bring fond memories of olden times, Pumihic added.

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