Subic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ) and the Aboitiz Foundation turned over a two-classroom school building to Olongapo City Elementary School (OCES) in support of a program by the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga, tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) Foundation.
The ceremony, held at the OCES covered court last July 18, was graced by presidential sister and AGAPP President Pinky Aquino-Abellada, Pilmico Foods Corporation President & CEO Sabin Aboitiz, SEZ SVP & COO Dante Pollescas, and SEZ AVP & General Manager Warell Kern Sario. School Principal Consuelo Suguitan, together with former Zambales Vice Governor and Olongapo City first lady Anne Gordon and Olongapo City Education Supervisor Emilia Abutog, received the building.
In her message, Suguitan said that she is “very thankful for the help extended by AGAPP, Subic EnerZone, and the Aboitiz Foundation” and that she hopes the good relationships between the entities will grow stronger. AGAPP has committed to build classrooms and libraries in public elementary schools located in depressed or disadvantaged communities, tapping private companies and other foundations for support as part of their corporate social responsibility.
In 2011, the Aboitiz Foundation and the AGAPP Foundation established a partnership and committed to construct 67 school buildings all over the country within three years. As of Sept. 7, 2011, Aboitiz Foundation turned over 26 school buildings.
This year an additional 21 brought to 47 the total number of school buildings turned over to beneficiary schools. 20 more will be built in 2013.