Aboitiz to build more classrooms next year

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

THE Aboitiz Group, through its corporate social development arm, Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., has committed to construct 40 more "Silid Pangarap" classrooms next year as part of its efforts to address the need for more public classrooms in the country.

In partnership with the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (Agapp), a non-profit organization advocating literacy, and the group’s various business units, the foundation saw 40 kindergarten classrooms constructed and turned over in 2013.

Agap Foundation is chaired by presidential sister Pinky Aquino-Abellada.
For three years now, the foundation has turned over a total of 134 classrooms, which benefitted more than 14,000 children to date. Forty-two of these classrooms are in Luzon, 36 in Visayas, and 56 in Mindanao.

In Mindanao, AboitizPower business units have built more than 30 classrooms with Davao Light, run-of-river hydro power operator Hedcor, power barge operator Therma Marine and baseload power planmt builder Therma South.

Aboitiz Foundation executive vice president and chief operating officer Sonny Carpio said the foundation spent approximately P26 million this year to complete its commitment.

"Education will still be our main thrust for next year and we will continue supporting initiatives that can help uplift our country's education system," he said. Aside from education, the foundation also focuses on enterprise development and environment and sustainability.

The foundation, which celebrates its 25th year in helping people help themselves, have been building schools, rewiring classrooms , refurbishing science and computer laboratories, providing scholarships and financial assistance, donating computers, and library kits, as part of its education initiatives.

Carpio reported that in 2013, the foundation allotted P234 million or 79% of its total budget for education projects.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 29, 2013.


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