Security Bankers give Bulacan classroom donation a facelift

108 Security Bankers from Metro Manila and Bulacan branches as well as Makati Head Office employees volunteered last October 26, 2019 banded together to help paint the two-storey, ten-classroom school building donation of Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI) to Tikay Elementary School in Malolos, Bulacan.

The school painting activity – one of Security Bank’s regular volunteerism initiatives – was an opportunity for Security Bank employees to be personally involved in SBFI’s flagship corporate social responsibility project, “Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project” – a program which aims to construct classrooms for public schools in areas where Security Bank has presence.

“Through the School Painting activity, our employees put life to our tagline ‘You Deserve Better’. By giving back to the communities we serve, we tell them from our heart that they deserve better,” Melissa Aquino, Security Bank Foundation Trustee, highlighted.

Security Bank Malolos Branch’s Business Manager Manolito Bautista also noted, “The good thing about our corporate social responsibility is that no matter how busy we are in our corporate responsibilities, we are able contribute in our society in our own special way.”

For this year’s school painting, employees worked alongside the school teachers and a third-party contractor to smoothen and paint the surface of the school building walls, columns and grills. Select group of employees also volunteered to handle program management, setup, as well as safety and security coordination.  “The school painting activity was one of the best opportunities as an employee of Security Bank. No one can do everything but each of us can do something that will help our community progress. Real happiness can be felt from something we have done worthwhile,” said Andrea Buduan, a Security Bank employee who was part of the organizing committee.

The multi-stakeholder nature of SBFI’s programs was also emphasized through the participation of the beneficiary school teachers and non-teaching staff. “The painting activity was very meaningful for all of us because we painted the bare walls and railings of the new building. It is truly remarkable to see the progress of the new school building and realize that we became part of its completion,” Tikay Elementary School Principal Nova Santiago said.

Extending the teachers’ gratitude, Tikay Elementary School teacher Amber Glorraine San Diego added, “Our hearts are full of gratitude especially knowing that our pupils will soon [have a conducive learning environment] that will encourage and motivate them to go to school every day, rain or shine, without worries. What a heartwarming, memorable, and historical event that could ever be experienced by our children.”