Security Bank Foundation turns over portable media libraries and keychain microscopes to 17 schools in Central Luzon with the presence (first step beginning with fourth from the left) of SBFI Program Manager Louie De Real, Security Bank Branch Banking Group Area Head for Central Luzon Rowena Pangilinan, Department of Education Region III Director Dr. May Eclar, and Schools Division Superintendents of DepEd Bulacan Province Dr. Zenia Mostoles, Olongapo City Dr. Leilani Cunanan, and Angeles City Dr. Ma. Irelyn Tamayo.

Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI), Security Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm, equipped 17 public schools in Central Luzon with portable media libraries and keychain microscopes to expand learning opportunities of students in the area. 

SBFI turned over the educational resources on July 12 during a ceremony at Angeles City National High School in Pampanga. The 17 public schools received one portable media library which is an external hard drive containing over 1,500 Knowledge Channel developed video lessons, e-games, and e-session guides aligned with the Department of Education K-12 curriculum.

Three of the 17 public schools, which are national high schools, received an additional 244 keychain microscope sets called Makeroscopes, invented by Filipino engineer Jeremy De Leon. The tool is attached to a mobile device front camera to enable the viewing of microscopic samples up to x265 zoom. Each set also comes with sample slides of animal and plant cells.

“Learning resources play a vital role in the improvement of the quality of education in the region. Many studies show that those who have better resources often perform better. We thank Security Bank Foundation for recognizing this need and helping Region III address these gaps through their generous donation,’ says Dr. May Eclar, Department of Education Region III Director who led the acceptance of the donated educational resources by SBFI.

The recipient schools were beneficiary schools of SBFI’s Build a School, Build a Nation Program, the foundation’s flagship program which aims to improve the quality of basic education in the Philippines through building of classrooms in communities where Security Bank has presence while supplementing the infrastructure donation with major repair support, training for teachers and principals, and other learner support interventions.

The schools that received portable media libraries were; Angeles City National High School (Angeles, Pampanga), Banga High School (Plaridel, Bulacan), Bataan National High School (Balanga, Bataan), Calulut Integrated School (San Fernando, Pampanga), Calvario Elementary School (Meycauayan, Bulacan), Cong. Erasmo R. Cruz Memorial Central School (Bocaue, Bulacan), Gordon Heights I Elementary School (Olongapo, Zambales), Guyong Elementary School (Sta. Maria, Bulacan), Josefa V. Ycasiano Memorial School (Baliuag, Bulacan), Malhacan Integrated School (Meycauayan, Bulacan), Olongapo City National High School (Olongapo, Zambales), Sabang Elementary School (Baliuag, Bulacan), San Jose Elementary School (Tarlac City), San Juan Bautista Elementary School (Tarlac City), San Vicente Elementary School (Cabiao, Nueva Ecija), Sta. Rita Elementary School (Cabiao, Nueva Ecija), and Tikay Elementary School (Malolos, Bulacan). The schools that received the keychain microscopes were Angeles City National High School, Bataan National High School, and Olongapo City National High School.

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