Public School Students in Panabo begin 2019 with better classrooms from Security Bank
Security Bank Foundation continues to fulfill its promise of delivering better classrooms for public schools in the Philippines. For its first project in 2019, Security Bank’s corporate social responsibility arm turned over two newly-constructed school buildings in Panabo City, Davao Del Norte – a two-storey, six-classroom school building for Panabo Central Elementary School Special Education (SPED) Center and another two-storey, six-classroom school building for Panabo National High School Security Bank Foundation’s donation of twelve new and larger classrooms provided a ray of hope for the students. “Dreams do come true that someday, dilapidated classrooms at this site will soon become a high-rise school building. The new building will help solve the overcapacity of the school’s Grade 7 students,” said Memia Infiesto, Principal of Panabo National High School. Rosemarie Patriarca, Principal of Panabo Central Elementary School SPED Center, recounted that the site of the newly-constructed school building used to be the site of an old four-classroom building condemned for demolition. “Even though we lost classrooms during that time, we gained more of what we have lost,” said Patriarca. The inauguration was graced by the local government led by Former Governor Hon. Rodolfo Del Rosario and Vice Mayor Hon. Janrey Gavina who expressed their overwhelming gratitude on behalf of Panabo City and the province of Davao Del Norte. “On behalf of the people and the students here in Panabo, thank you very much for your support, thank you for all your donations… Security Bank is the only bank which has this kind of project,” said by Hon. Gavina. The Schools Division Superintendent of the Department of Education Division of Panabo City, Dr. Dee Silva also expressed her admiration for Security Bank Foundation’s The Classrooms Project. “Sana hindi magsasawa ang Security Bank Foundation, Inc. sa pagbibigay ng mga classrooms hindi lamang dito sa Panabo, pati na rin sa buong Pilipinas,” said Dr. Silva.Security Bank Foundation is committed to continue reaching more areas in the Philippines to provide a conducive learning environment for Filipino learners. To date, the Foundation has already turned over 445 classrooms, benefitting 87 public schools in 47 cities and municipalities nationwide. For the rest of 2019, the Foundation is targeting the construction of 120 classrooms in various schools in the country, bringing the total classrooms donation of Security Bank Foundation to 565 by the end of the year.