Ayala Foundation unveils disaster-resilient school building in northern Iloilo

Almost two years after Typhoon Yolanda devastated the Visayas, the Ayala group remains steadfast in its commitment to contribute to the rehabilitation of communities affected by the typhoon.

On September 23, Ayala Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Education, and the local government of Carles, is inaugurating a disaster-resilient school building for Cawayan Elementary School in Carles, Iloilo.

The construction of the school building takes into account the need to “build better”—the structure can withstand wind speeds of up to 250 kph, and also features an emergency alarm system.

The construction of the school building was made possible with the support of a private donor and additional input from the Ayala group of companies, through the Bulig Bisaya initiative for Yolanda-affected communities.

“The Ayala group remains committed to the rehabilitation of communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda, even two years after this devastating event,” said Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan. “But more than just rebuilding, we believe in the importance of helping our communities get back on their feet on the road to full recovery and be more prepared and resilient to the challenges of time.”

The school building at Cawayan Elementary School is the third completed school building project initiated by Ayala Foundation. The first two buildings are located at Old Sagay Elementary School in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Two other school buildings—at Carles Central School in Carles, Iloilo; and Cano-an Elementary School in Estancia, Iloilo—are scheduled for completion within the year.

The foundation is also embarking on its Training Institute program for 54 public school teachers and school heads. The Training Institute focuses on four essential elements for lifelong learning—classroom pedagogy, development of critical thinking skills, values clarification, and use of technology in the classroom. Aside from intensive sessions, the Training Institute offers year-round mentoring for the teachers and principals.

The foundation also provided fishing boats and fishing nets for 66 families, as a way to help fishing families in Carles get back on their feet.

The Ayala group has invested close to P200 million in Yolanda-related initiatives in Iloilo. Collectively the group has built 79 new classrooms, constructed 352 permanent and 100 temporary houses, provided 466 fishing boats, and helped in the rehabilitation of 71 hectares of farmlands.

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