Education continues to be at the forefront of SM Foundation’s initiatives as it recently took part in the construction of the three-storey Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) Library building at the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA campus in Dagupan City.
Named after the Former President Fidel V. Ramos who led the project, the library is expected to help instill the importance of education and literacy to the youth, especially to the students in Pangasinan.The former chief executive of the country emphasized that the project was born out of his belief that education as an important tool in leveling playing field for Filipinos everywhere.
He added, “If I have reached this high point in my life, it is education that has made it possible. I am truly committed to education as our weapon of mass upliftment.”
During the unveiling and turnover ceremony last June, Ramos thanked the SM group for helping move his vision further with the completion of the FVR library.
“Education for a better future – yan ang pamana ng SM para sa kabataang Pilpino dito sa Pangasinan,” Ramos said.
SM Foundation, along with Pilipinas Shell and San Roque Powerplant, is one of the main contributors to the project. SM Foundation funded the third floor, now named SM Foundation, Inc. Hall, which contains books for college students and will serve as a study area for students.
Aside from this, the library will also serve as a museum which houses some of Ramos’ personal memorabilia and collection of books which will offer a window to his life and his vision for the country and the youth.
This is the first time SM Foundation has partnered with the University of Pangasinan. Its sister school Araullo University in Cabanatuan however, is one of SM Foundation’s partner schools under its college scholarship program.
Aside from its main programs in education (scholarships and school building donations), health (medical missions and the renovation of public health facilities) and farmers’ trainings, SM Foundation continues to help provide opportunities to the communities by partnering with various organizations to help create an even bigger impact.