Leyte school thanks Metrobank Foundation for new classrooms

Photo by Justin Pedrosa

NEIL MAGLINTE, 15, has enough reasons why he is going to school everyday amid the recovery efforts in his campus due to the devastation from the 2013 super typhoon Yolanda.

On July 3, no less than Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña led in the turn-over ceremony of P5.3 million worth one unit-five classroom building in his school at Palo National High School (PNHS) in Palo town in Leyte.

“These new classrooms represent our investment in people particularly the youth,” Sobrepeña told teachers and students.

“Our only request is for you to use the new learning facilities in a good way,” he added.

According to Sobrepeña, the construction of new school building in Palo is their one way of “celebrating the gift of gratitude” considering the Metrobank remains as one of the largest bank conglomerates in the country.

“We need each other to bring back what we lost during typhoon Yolanda. We cannot do it alone. We are thankful with the partnership of Metrobank,” said Maja Cabarrubia, Philippines country director of Plan International.

Plan International, along with Leyte provincial government, Department of Education (DepEd) regional office and Orix Metro Leasing Corporation, is the partner non-governmental organization of Metrobank Foundation in the school building project.

“Repay the help of various donors by studying your lessons well. What is important is not the building, but what happened inside the building, the learning and interaction. Come to school everyday,” said Dr. Luisa Bautista-Yu, DepEd regional director.

“Let us continue to move forward after Yolanda,” she added.

Meanwhile, Fumihiko Sato, director of Orix Metro Leasing Corporation, lauded the pace of recovery in Palo and its nearby city of Tacloban, the “ground zero” during Yolanda.

“This place has come back very strongly. I see people working together,” said Sato, as he likened the resiliency of the town folk to Japanese people when the latter was also hit by a powerful tsunami in 2011.

Socorro Ausa, PNHS school principal, thanked the different organizations for the continued assistance to the school after all of its 37 classrooms were damaged by the disaster.

This article has been re-published from Philippine News Agency