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Security Bank Foundation turns over 8 classrooms in Danao, Cebu, lowers classroom ratio to 1:35

Danao City, Cebu – Sabang Elementary School (SES) recently received a two-storey, eight-classroom school building from Security Bank Foundation Inc. (SBFI). 

Security Bank Foundation turned over a two-storey, eight-classroom school building to Sabang Elementary School on August 24, 2021.

The SBFI-donated school building will reduce the classroom-to-student ratio in SES from pre-pandemic ratio of 1:50 to 1:35, which is the ideal class size. The Foundation took advantage of the suspension of face-to-face classes to complete the construction.

“Having a conducive, safe, and motivating learning environment spells out my personal vision of quality education. This school building translates that vision to reality,” said Dr. Leah Noveras, Department of Education Schools Division Superintendent of Danao City, Cebu.”

More than being havens for learning, classrooms also play critical role in building lifelong memories which the current batch of students are missing with the distance learning delivery. 

NO LONGER JUST A DREAM: Danao City DepEd Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Leah P. Noveras (center right) reads the building marker and tells Security Bank Danao Branch Business Manager Mr. Christo Rey Abayon (center left) how the structure will help the division achieve its vision of quality education. Joining them are Mrs. Helena L. Almancen (far left) DepEd Schools division supervisor for Danao and Mr. Jose M. Buot (far right), SES School principal.

“Among my fondest memories and lasting friendships happened in school buildings. School buildings are also about memories that you treasure and friendships that we are so blessed to have,” shared Danao City Mayor Ramon Durano III. 

Security Bank Foundation’s strong focus on education traces back to 2011, the 60th anniversary of Security Bank, when SBFI was made aware of the shortage of classrooms in public schools across the country. 

An aerial shot of Security Bank Foundation donated school building in Danao City, Cebu

“We believe that education is the greatest equalizer in life for it will give every person the opportunity to succeed in life, no matter what his or her social and economic background may be. Hence, it has been our commitment to ensure that Filipino students will have access to quality education through our education programs,” said Rafael F. Simpao, Jr., Security Bank Foundation chairman.

By the end of 2021, the Security Bank’s 70th year, SBFI would have donated 701 classrooms in 124 schools located in 69 cities/municipalities. 

One of the classrooms of the Security Bank Foundation donated school building in Sabang Elementary School. The fixtures (chairs, blackboard) were given by the Department of Education.

When face-to-face classes resume, these beneficiary public schools will have enough classrooms to welcome students, most especially if physical distancing will be implemented.

Topics: Sabang Elementary School , Security Bank Foundation Inc. , Leah Noveras
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