Last month, SM Foundation turned over its 66th school building to the Tacloban City National High School in Leyte. The newly-constructed and fully-furnished 2-storey, 4-classroom building was a joint undertaking among partners SM Foundation, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and BDO Foundation.
Yolanda (Haiyan) Rehabilitation Program
Thanks to the joint effort of BDO Foundation, SM Prime Holdings and SM Foundation, the students of Ibajay National High School in Kalibo, Aklan welcomed Christmas with a newly rebuilt 2-storey, 4-classroom school building.
SM Prime Holdings, BDO Foundation and SM Foundation teamed up to reconstruct the Lantangan Elementary School in Barangay in Pontevedra, Capiz.
The 2-storey, 4-classroom building was turned over on December 15, 2014 and comes with four toilets, 200 student armchairs, 16 wall fans, eight blackboards and four teachers’ desk sets. In addition to these, SM Foundation will also be handling the building’s maintenance and upkeep.
After a year of holding classes in two Department of Public Works and Highways bunkhouses or under the shades of trees, 846 students of Pedro E. Candido National Memorial High School have moved to two newly constructed school buildings in a site built by SM Foundation with funds from partners Forever 21, Global Hope Inc. & TTokamsa Mission Church. The new buildings stand on a one hectare lot donated by Angelique Claire Candido, granddaughter of Pedro Candido the original owner of the property and former Mayor of Hernani, E. Samar.
After SM Foundation conducted its sustainable agriculture program Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) farmers’ training in the Yolanda-stricken (international name: Haiyan) area of Iloilo in 2014, a total of 230 farmer-graduates re-entered society with renewed hope.
The San Roque Elementary School in Tanauan, Leyte received a 2-storey, 4-classroom school building from partners SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Inc., PSE Foundation & SM Foundation (SMFI). The donation was complete with 200 armchairs, 4 sets of teacher’s tables & chairs, 4 blackboards, 16 wall fans and assorted textbooks with each classroom equipped with a toilet. PSE executives led by its President, Hans Sicat, Directors Vivian Yuchengco, Edgardo Lacson and Daisy Arce also distributed hygiene kits to pupils.
For the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte and Samar, rebuilding their lives has not been easy. But they find comfort in the various non-government organizations and private institutions that are committed to help them move forward and overcome the trauma caused by the destruction of Yolanda. Rebuilding the lives of the victims involves not only providing them the needed infrastructure, housing, and source of livelihood but also ensuring their health and well-being.
The SM group and Unilever Philippines will be helping “green” Tacloban as well as in providing jobs to a People’s Organization (PO) by planting 15,077 jackfruit, sugar-apple (atis) and tamarind trees under its Grow A Million Trees (GAMT) Campaign.
Manila Bulletin recently joined hands with SM Cares to support its ongoing housing project for Yolanda (international name: Haiyan)-devastated areas by donating Php 400,000.
The turnover of the new 2-storey, 4-classroom school building by project partners SM Foundation, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) was met with cheers and smiles of gratitude from the students of San Roque Elementary School in Tanauan, Leyte on February 27, 2015.