Ayala Foundation turns over fishing boats, to build a library and more classrooms for Yolanda-affected areas in Northern Iloilo

“We will not leave Iloilo without making good on our promise to assist the community, even two years after the disaster,”  Ayala Foundation President Ruel T. Maranan said  after handing over 30 fishing boats and nets to select fishing families from the island barangay of Binuluangan, Carles, Iloilo on February 22.

Together with the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation and the Municipal Government of Carles, Ayala Corporation, Ayala Foundation, did a ceremonial handover of the boats as part of its continuing post-Yolanda interventions.

Ayala Foundation also launched the OurLibrary project in Carles Central School through the signing of a memorandum of agreement.

OurLibrary is a program of the Filipinas Heritage Library, which is part of the foundation’s Arts and Culture Division. OurLibrary seeks to contribute to the improvement of the collection, facilities, services, and activities of school and community libraries in different parts of the country.

Aside from boats and the library program, Ayala Foundation is also breaking ground for the construction of five new classrooms and a new stage at the Dayhagan Elementary School.

To date, Ayala Foundation has inaugurated 33 new classrooms for Yolanda-affected communities in Sagay City, Negros Occidental; Carles, Iloilo; and Estancia, Iloilo. Once completed, the Dayhagan classrooms will bring the total number of Ayala Foundation classrooms to 38.

In November last year, the foundation and its donors inaugurated an eight-classroom school building and a new stage in Carles Central School. It also introduced a teacher-training program called Training Institute for teachers and principals from public schools in Carles and Estancia.

More than two years after the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda, the Ayala group of companies remains committed to helping affected communities in the Visayas get back on their feet through livelihood and educational assistance.



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