Aboitiz builds new classrooms in Bohol quake-hit schools
The Aboitiz Group, through its social development arm Aboitiz Foundation, is continuously assisting in post-rehabilitation efforts in Bohol as it constructs classrooms in schools badly damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the province nearly a year ago.
The construction of classrooms is being done in parallel with the ongoing schools rehabilitation initiatives in North Cebu – one of the hardest hit areas of super typhoon Yolanda. The Foundation said target completion of classrooms in these disaster-stricken areas is by December this year.
In Bohol, recipients of nine new classrooms include Canmaya Centro Elementary School and Ubujan Elementary School in Sagbayan, and Tubigon West Central Elementary School in Tubigon. These are expected to benefit more than 2,000 students.
Aboitiz believes that focusing on the construction of educational facilities can help speed up the province’s recovery. The availability of classrooms is instrumental in encouraging students to go [back] to school.
“The classrooms will be designed to ensure safety and be conducive to learning. We hope that the students who will use these classrooms will be inspired to do well not only in academics but also in helping people help themselves,” Aboitiz Foundation Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio.
As part of the Bohol initiative, the Foundation also took on the construction of new ‘Silid Pangarap’ classrooms in partnership with the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) and some minor repairs in Manalongon Elementary School in Sagbayan and Guadalupe Elementary School in Carmen through the assistance of CitySavings Bank.
Aboitiz was among the early responders to organize disaster relief operations in the affected areas in Bohol last year. The Group was able to reach out to about 18,000 families.
Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group. Established in 1988, it addresses the social and economic development needs of marginalized members of society. It implements corporate social responsibility interventions especially in areas where Aboitiz companies are located. The foundation focuses on three program components, namely education, enterprise development, and environment.