Security Bank Foundation rehabs typhoon-hit schools in Bicol, donates roofing materials

Despite closed borders, Security Bank Foundation Inc. (SBFI), Security Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility division, wasted no time responding to the damage done by Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses in Bicol. With peak winds of around 215 km/h and torrential downpours, residents were advised to seek shelter in evacuation sites, many of which were schools and community gymnasiums.

Security Bank Naga Diversion Road Branch Business Manager Marivel Florin (fourth from left) directs sales of 720 pieces of galvanized iron (GI) sheet to Naga City’s Education Department, represented by Schools Division Superintendent Mariano De Guzman (third from left )

With two strong typhoons hitting the region, many schools were affected, causing significant damage to the classrooms, especially the roofing, rendering them useless as evacuation sites. Working closely with the Department of Education (DepEd) branch offices in both Naga and Legazpi, SBFI donated a total of 1,454 pieces of galvanized iron (GI) to repair damaged school roofs in Naga City, Camarines Sur and Legazpi City. A total of 45 schools benefited from SBFI’s donation, which was made possible through the Bank’s customer donation initiative last December 2020. “The Legazpi City Schools Division expresses its deep gratitude to the Security Bank Foundation for its generous donation of these GI sheets to restore classrooms damaged by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses,” said Chief Inspector of the Schools Division for Legazpi City Crestito Morcilla. By default, SBFI evaluates its donated school buildings every five years to assess its structural integrity and conducive to learning.

Supply of GI Sheets Donated by Security Bank Foundation to 30 Beneficiary Schools in Legazpi City to Support Typhoon Recovery

Those badly damaged by disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons will be prioritized for repair to ensure student safety and avoid interruption of classes when face-to-face learning resumes. “The various beneficiary schools in Naga were so grateful, and they would like to sincerely thank the Security Bank for its help. They wanted Security Bank Foundation to continue its advocacy for a better nation,” said Marivel Florin, Security Bank Business Manager for Naga Diversion Road Branch.

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