THE GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) Wednesday afternoon for the Kapuso School Rehabilitation (KSR) project.
Staying true to their service for the public, GMAKF tapped PCA to rebuild public schools in far flunk areas devastated by typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng, and Ramil last year.
The signing of MOA was attended by GMA Network Chairman, President and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon, GMAKF Executive Vice-President Mel Tiangco, PCA President Liberito Espiritu, and PCA Chairman of Task Force Lito Pascual.
The Kapuso Foundation and PCA will rehabilitate a total 20 public schools this February for the coming school year 2010-2011. The school beneficiaries have an average population of 300-500 students each.
Espiritu said they already rebuilt four classrooms last November 2009 and they are targeting to finish 85 classrooms this year.
The construction of school facilities like restrooms and other important buildings will be included.
PCA and GMAKF are eyeing public schools in Luzon, including Rizal, Ilocos, Pangasinan, La Union, and Benguet to be the beneficiaries of KSR project.
GMAKF coordinated with the Department of Education to identify other schools in need of rehabilitation assistance.
They are also accepting volunteer works for the parents of the schoolchildren, teachers and other people in the area to help and further build a connection in the community.
Espiritu added that they will be implementing PCA's expertise in building infrastructures by valued engineering.
“We can come up with materials that can be used for green architecture. These are materials available within the area that are environment and economic friendly," he said.
Espiritu also assures that the school building that will be built can last a number of typhoons coming in the country.
Gozon reiterated during the MOA signing the importance of giving back to the people who are there with GMA network through the years and the those who are mostly in need especially the schoolchildren who will greatly benefit from this event.
“In my age, I can truly attest to the saying that the more you give, the more you receive. This will help a lot of our young people in getting a comfortable and better education," he said.
Broadcaster Mel Tiangco meanwhile lauds the partnership with PCA in giving a much better comfortable learning experience for the kids.
"We welcome the partnership with PCA and we look forward to being able to help the underprivileged schools through this partnership," she said.
GMA Kapuso Foundation is one of the first private organizations that responded when the country was badly hit by typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng and Ramil. (Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)