Seventy-five employees from 10 different branches of Security Bank in Davao volunteered to help paint the two-storey, six-classroom school building funded by Security Bank Foundation for Panabo National High School in Panabo City, Davao Del Norte.
The school painting activity was one of the annual employee volunteerism programs conducted by the Bank to provide an opportunity for Security Bank employees to give back and be personally involved in Security Bank Foundation’s “Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project” which aims to construct classrooms for public schools in need of new learning facilities.
Security Bank volunteers painted the classroom walls and grills, corridors and stairways. Employees also helped repaint the existing armchairs of the school that will be used in the school building donated by Security Bank Foundation.
The activity was graced by the presence of Rafael Simpao, Jr., Chairman of Security Bank Foundation, who highlighted that the school painting activity was a means for Security Bankers to bring to life the Bank’s tagline. “What we are doing here today is our way of giving back to the communities we serve. This is our way of telling them from our heart, You Deserve Better,” he said. The activity’s purpose was echoed by Jason Ang, Security Bank Region Head for Visayas and Mindanao. “It is our pleasure to help and give back. It is the social responsibility of the Bank,” he said.
The fun in helping was apparent in the volunteers’ smiles. “We enjoyed. We felt a sense of fulfilment in helping our own community even through a simple painting activity. It is heartwarming that a lot of Security Bank employees have the passion to help,” said Feve Marey Jison, Security Bank Davao Area Office employee.
The beneficiaries also expressed their gratitude. “Napakaswerte po ng school namin. Salamat sa mga employees ng Security Bank at nabisita kami rito at natulungan pa. Excited na po kaming matapos ang building at magamit ng aming mga estudyante,” said Darna Tan, Head Teacher of Panabo National High School. As a neighbor of the school, Security Bank Panabo Branch also took pride in the project. “It is a great project for us. We are very happy for the school,” expressed by Domie Casiño, Security Bank Panabo Branch Business Manager.