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PSD New Building, To Rise Soon

Posted on Monday the 14th of September 2015

Philippine School Doha (PSD) administration and Philippine Ambassador Wilfredo Santos steered the laying ceremony for the construction of the school's new building at Abu Hamour, Aug. 28. The QR123m project, which is expected to be completed in two years, will accommodate more than 4,000 students. PSD will be the first Philippine science school in the Middle East when the new school building is completed and opens its doors to students in 2017.

Ambassador Wilfredo C Santos mentioned that the said festivity marks a new breakthrough for PSD. "Today is a joyous occasion because we are not just celebrating the laying of foundation of the new building but, more importantly, the beginning of a new chapter in the history of PSD as an educational institution, as a community school and as the first Philippine science school in the Middle East", the ambassador said.

Dr. Alexander S Acosta, the school principal, said the school's name will be substituted from Philippine School Doha to Philippine Science School Doha (PSSD) in time for the opening of the new campus. "We are waiting for the go signal of the Department of Education. We have sent a letter to them and all documents. We were hoping to receive communication within this year but hopefully in time for the opening of this new building in 2017, we will definitely be changing the name of the school," Dr. Acosta cited. "We are extremely excited. This has been a long time coming," he added.

Recently a bank approved a QR108m loan to build the new school, estimated to cost QR123m. The new school will have 132 classrooms, four science labs, a gym which can accommodate over 3,000, big libraries, a speech lab, an audiovisual room, and a swimming pool, among others.

Along with the school board of trustees, they prudently draw-up a master plan of a contemporary expatriate school that can equal those of well-established expatriates school in terms of educational excellence and able to provide the growing population of Filipino community children's education in Qatar. The Board of Trustees has uttered assurance that construction of the 14,375sqm lot could start this year. "The permanent school building of PSSD is erected as a symbol of the united and shared vision of its founding parents, pioneer teachers, Philippine embassy officials, board of trustees, PTA, unit heads, faculty and staff, supreme student government, community organizations, benevolent parents and philanthropists, an edifice where the spring of knowledge and wisdom flows where the seat of Filipino culture and values emerges and where the legacy of service and excellence remains. It's time to concretize the vision. It's time to leave a legacy to the Filipino students in Qatar" said PSD-BOT Chair Edgar V. Bondoc.

Philippine School Doha's (PSD) humble foundation in 1992 has marked an immense leap in numbers from 33 students to 3223 students enrolled for the school year 2014-2015. As required under the laws of the Philippines, the school has been incorporated as a non-stock, non-profit educational corporation and is duly registered as the Philippine School in Doha, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As such, the school is governed by the Corporation Code and special laws and regulations of the Philippines. After 8 years of incessant endeavor for excellence, PSD has extended its DepEd recognition in 2000 and stays to hold its superiority as one of the two schools that was granted the DepEd recognition all over the Middle East countries. Aiming to become the first Philippine science school in the Middle East, it is determined on augmenting its quality service for every Filipino expats. Truly, Philippine School Doha is your home away from home.