Security Bank Foundation turns over second building in Silay Negros Occidental to Gov. Emilio Gaston Memorial Elementary School. From left to right: Tess Golez, Jaime Golez, Mark Golez (former Mayor, Silay City), Dr. Carmela Oracion (Director, Ateneo Center for Educational Development), Melissa R. Aquino (Trustee & Corporate Secretary, SBFI), Melissa Simpao, Rafael F. Simpao, Jr. (Chairman, SBFI), Hon. Joedith Gallego (Mayor, Silay City), Dr. Luz Banson (Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, DepEd Silay), Michelle Lorei Gayoma (Business Manager, Security Bank Bacolod North Drive Branch), Dennis Guadarrama (Relationship Manager, Security Bank Visayas Banking Center), and (2nd Level, 1st) Inocencia Deles (Principal, Gov. Emilio Gaston Memorial Elementary School).
Security Bank Foundation Inc. (SBFI), the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Security Bank Corporation focused on education, has successfully turned over three new classroom buildings, equivalent to 14 classrooms, in the cities of Kabankalan, Silay, and Victorias in Negros Occidental.
The donated classrooms consisted of two-story buildings with a four or six classroom configuration and can house up to 50 students per classroom. These buildings were built during the pandemic and turned over to Gov. Emilio Gaston Memorial Elementary School in Silay, Negros Occidental (4 classrooms); Kabankalan National High School in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental (4 classrooms); and the Victorias National High School in Victorias, Negros Occidental (6 classrooms) before the return of face-to-face classes.
“Through our Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project program, we continue to uplift the quality of education received by Filipinos by reducing the classroom to student ratio significantly, giving Filipinos a chance of lifting their lives out of poverty and ensuring a better tomorrow,” says Rafael F. Simpao, SBFI Chairman.
Since 2023, 113 schools in 65 cities and municipalities nationwide have been prepared for the face-to-face classes. Apart from the donation, SBFI has also committed to regularly conduct maintenance checks and repairs on all its donated school buildings to ensure that it can be used by future generations.