SM Foundation turned over over its 88th school building in the Philippines and the second in Tuguegarao City on June 7. The two-storey, four-classroom building in Carig Elementary School is the Foundation’s second school building donated in partnership with UBS Investments Philippines.
Students are more excited to go to school when classrooms are conducive to learning.
Super typhoon Lawin, the strongest that hit the country in 2016, damaged much infrastructure across Cagayan Valley. Carig Elementary School was the most devastated in Tuguegarao City.
In 2017, SM Prime, through SM Foundation, donated a two-storey, four-classroom building to the school. UBS Investments Philippines, the Foundation’s partner in a building donated to Cogon Elementary School in Ormoc City, Leyte last year, expressed their wish to collaborate with SM again after seeing students still holding classes in makeshift tents.
Mayor Jefferson Soriano was impressed with the structures, particularly the toilets. He asserted that the building should be the benchmark of other public schools in their province.
“Carig Elementary School is very privileged to be again a recipient of this new school building. It is indeed true that when God asks you to put something down, He wants you to pick up greater things. We lost a lot of resources during the onslaught of Typhoon Lawin, but thank God all our losses were paid back a thousand fold,” said Emely Tango, principal of the school.
The first level of the new school building will be used by first grade students while fifth grade students will be using the second floor. The building is fully furnished with 200 armchairs (with 20 left-handed armchairs), 4 teacher’s desk sets, 16 wall fans, 8 blackboards, 4 wall clocks and 4 toilets. The armchairs were made by the PWDs of the Foundation of These-abled. SM Foundation is the only organization that donates left-handed armchairs.
SM Foundation has donated a total of 280 classrooms since its School Building Program started in 2002. This year, the Foundation has finished repairing 17 previously donated buildings to ensure all classrooms are conducive for learning and productivity.