Security Bank Foundation turns over 12 classrooms in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

From Left to Right: Security Bank Puerto Princesa Branch Business Manager Aileen Yarra, Puerto Princesa City Councilor and Committee on Education Chairperson, Hon. Victor Oliveros, Department of Education Puerto Princesa City Schools Division Officer-in-Charge Dr. Loida Adornado, and Sta. Monica High School Principal Marilyn Badilla

PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN – Security Bank Foundation Inc.’s (SBFI) flagship program, Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project has reached the shores of Palawan after the turnover of 12 classrooms in Puerto Princesa City on November 4, 2021.

SBFI donated two-storey, four-classroom building to Puerto Princesa Pilot Elementary School and two-storey, eight-classroom building to Sta. Monica High School.

“We focused our advocacy on education because we believe that education is the greatest equalizer in life, for it will give every person the opportunity to succeed in life, no matter what his or her social and economic background may be,” said Rafael F. Simpao, Jr., Security Bank Foundation Chairman.

SBFI’s Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project was launched in 2011 to address classroom shortage in areas where Security Bank has presence by providing new classrooms and sustaining support for beneficiary schools through major repair every 5 years, training of teachers and school principals, and other learner support interventions.

“Security Bank Foundation helped address the shortage of classrooms in our school. Thank you SBFI for continuously sharing your blessings even during the pandemic,” said Gemma Arguelles, Puerto Princesa Pilot Elementary School Principal.

“While we are waiting for face-to-face classes, we will use the school building for our distance learning programs. We chose these classrooms because they are spacious, well-lit and well-ventilated,” added Marilyn Badilla, Sta. Monica High School Principal.

By the end of 2021, combining the total number of classrooms turned over and ongoing construction, the Foundation would have donated 701 classrooms in 123 schools located in 69 cities/municipalities nationwide. The Foundation marks this achievement as a way to celebrate Security Bank’s 70th anniversary this year.

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