Security Bank Foundation inaugurated and formally turned over a 2 storey, 8 classrooms school building donation to Banga High School in Plaridel, Bulacan in a simple ceremony last January 20, 2016.
Security Bank Foundation Chairman Rafael F. Simpao, Jr., Ateneo Center for Educational Development Executive Director Carmela Oracion, Hon. Mayor Jocell Aime Vistan-Casaje and DepEd Division Superintendent of Bulacan Dr. Romeo Alip led the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the school building donation for Banga High School.
Also present to witness the inaugurations was Security Bank Foundation Program Manager Mel Cordova, Security Bank Central Luzon Area Head Kim Lim, Manila Area Heads Marilyn Tan and Josephine Co, Plaridel Branch Business Manager Lito Bautista and Business Managers of the Bulacan group of branches.
Representatives from the Municipal Government and DepEd Division Office of Bulacan also graced the event together with the teachers, parents and students of Banga High School.
The donation of eight (8) classrooms to Banga High School in Plaridel, Bulacan is part of Security Bank Foundation’s “Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project”.
The “Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project” is a partnership for the construction of Public School Classrooms of Security Bank Foundation with Ateneo de Manila University. For this collaboration, Security Bank Foundation would provide financing for the construction of the classrooms, while Ateneo de Manila University, through its Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED), will design programs that will help improve the academic performance of students in public schools. The other major partners include the Department of Education, who is responsible for providing the classroom furniture; and the respective Local Government Units, whose responsibility will be the provision for the land where the classrooms will be constructed, the facilitation of construction permits and monitoring of the construction projects.
Since 2011, a total of two hundred twenty-one (221) classrooms were formally turned over to fifty-two (52) public schools in thirty (30) cities and municipalities nationwide. Another twenty (20) classrooms to three (3) public schools 4 in Roxas City, Dagupan City, Pangasinan and in Balanga City, Bataan are expected to be completed and formally turned over in February and March 2016.
In response to the Government’s call for support for the new K+12 Education Program of the Department of Education, Security Bank Foundation’s Classrooms Project is committed to build more classrooms for public schools nationwide to help reduce the gap of over 40,000 classrooms shortage in the country.