CITY of BALANGA, Bataan – As part of their corporate social responsibility, the Security Bank Corporation, thru its established Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI) donated a two-storey, eight-classroom building to the Bataan National High School (BNHS), inauguration of which was held yesterday.
“In behalf of the city, nagpapasalamat po kami sa Security Bank Foundation dahil tamang-tama po itong donation dahil po sa K-12 requirement, talagang lumulundag po kami sa tuwa dahil dininig nila ang aming panalangin,” said Mayor Jose Enrique S. Garcia, Balanga City Mayor, in his remarks.
Mr. Armando Capili, BNHS School Principal, also expressed his heartfelt thanks to SBFI for choosing their school as one of the beneficiaries.
The Security Bank Foundation Inc. was established with the aim of uplifting the quality of life in the various communities where Security Bank has a presence.
“We had adopted the old Chinese Proverb, ‘Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.’ We also believe that education is one of the best equalizers in life. With a good and proper education, a person will be given a chance to succeed in life. We have therefore decided to focus our efforts on Education and on livelihood programs, because we recognized that we cannot be everything to everybody given our limited resources,” said Mr. Rafael F. Simpao, Jr., SBFI Chairman, in his message.
Mr. Simpao also disclosed that the Board of Trustees of Security Bank Foundation had made a commitment that for as long as the Security Bank Family continues to do well, they shall continue to build and donate more classrooms for the public schools in our country. And that he is therefore pleased to inform everyone that for the year 2016, Security Bank Foundation has approved the donation of an additional 136 classrooms for 21 more public schools in eight (8) cities and municipalities in Luzon and Mindanao. These 136 classrooms are now in various stages of planning, negotiations and actual construction.
“It is our hope that the legacy that Security Bank shall leave behind through our Classrooms Project will help improve the teaching ability of our teachers and the learning conditions and academic performance of the public school students all over the country. It is also our prayer that through our Classrooms Project and similar partnerships in other regions of the country, Security Bank will create a brighter tomorrow for the next generation of Filipinos through better education,” he added.
This project is a partnership between the SBFI and the De La Salle Philippines, Inc. tagged as “Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project.”
Hon. Albert S. Garcia, Bataan Provincial Governor also took time to attend on the event. Other participants were representatives coming from the city government of Balanga, Department of Education and District Offices and other special guests.