Cebu schools get new classrooms, armchairs


More than 1,700 armchairs and 14 classrooms have been given to 10 public elementary and high schools in Cebu and Mandaue cities to help address the lack of facilities that students could use.

In Cebu City, Banilad Elementary and Night High School was given a 3-storey, 3-classroom building and armchairs.  In Mandaue City, four schools—Cabancalan I Elementary School, Banilad Elementary School, Canduman National High School and Subangdaku Technical Vocational High School—were also given new classrooms.  Subangdaku was also given a cosmetology and food trade training center.

About 1,720 armchairs were also distributed to Mabolo Elementary School, Banilad Elementary and Night High School, Bacayan Elementary School, Busay Elementary School, Talamban Elementary School and Talamban National High School in Cebu City, and Subangdaku Elementary School, Subangdaku National High School, Canduman Elementary School, and Tipolo National High School in Mandaue City.

The schools and armchairs were turned over by Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. to the recipient schools in separate occasions last Jan. 14 & 15, 2013.  Aside from the turnovers, the Foundation also signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the donation of computer units and 5,000 more armchairs to 22 schools in Cebu Province.

Present during the turnovers were Aboitiz Foundation President Jon Ramon Aboitiz, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, Foundation trustee Romy Ronquillo, EVP & Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio, DepEd representatives, local government officials, and principals of the beneficiary schools.

The Aboitiz Foundation invests more than 50% of its annual budget in education-related initiatives. To date, it has built over 597 classrooms nationwide, benefiting over 50,000 students.  It has also donated almost 2,000 computer units and 17,150 armchairs, and refurbished almost 40 computer laboratories.