Petron inaugurates 81st School, continues to fuel hope for Tacloban

FUELING HOPE. Tacloban City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez (seated, 3rd from left) and Petron Corporate Affairs AVP & Petron Foundation General Manager Charmaine Canillas V. Canillas (seated, 2nd from left) lead the turnover of the 81st Petron School at Anibong Elementary School in Tacloban City, together with San Miguel Foundation Executive Director and PFI Trustee Camille B. Buenaventura (standing, extreme right)

Petron welcomed hundreds of school children to their new classrooms when it inaugurated the Petron School in Tacloban City on July 15. This brings the total number of Petron Schools to 81 and classrooms to over 160 nationwide.

Since 2002, the company has been building Petron Schools to support the Department of Education’s Adopt-A-School Program and contribute much needed venues for education in overcrowded public schools in the country or those that have been severely damaged by major calamities. Over 10,000 students are benefitting from these Petron schools.

The 81st Petron School adds two new classrooms in Anibong Elementary School in Tacloban City’s Barangay 68. The typhoon-resilient facility comes complete with chairs and tables for students and teachers, ceiling fans, and a restroom per classroom.

Tacloban City officials, led by Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, were joined in the simple inauguration ceremony by Elementary School Principal Josefina Tanpiengco, High School Principal Teresita Amistoso, Barangay 68 Chair Ma. Rosario Bactol, and Barangay 69 Chair Noel Tabao.

“Petron continues to reaffirm its commitment to nation building, especially in areas where we have a major presence,” said Petron AVP for Corporate Affairs and Petron Foundation General Manager Charmaine V. Canillas. “We have been a part of Tacloban, and our sense of community deepened in the aftermath of one of the country’s worst calamities. Beyond the relief efforts, we hope that our programs such as the Petron School will help the city not only rise from the tragedy but fully develop and progress.”

 

The Petron School in Tacloban complements the two-classroom AGAPP Silid Pangarap pre-school in Judge Antonio Montilla Sr. Elementary School also in Tacloban City that was turned over in February. Also as part of its support for the city’s sustainability, the Petron Tacloban Depot adopted a watershed in Barangay 69 and planted an initial batch of 7,500 mangroves. This aims to help protect the community from the impact of tidal waves, storm surges, or even tsunamis.