Students and teachers of the third largest school in terms of student population in Puerto Princesa, Francisco Ubay Memorial Elementary School (F.Ubay ES), received on Wednesday an early Christmas gift from SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), through SM Foundation.
The newly built two-storey, four classroom building is fully furnished with 200 armchairs, including 20 – left handed chairs, four sets of teacher’s desk/chair, 16 wall fans, eight blackboards, four wall clocks, and four toilets.
“The new school building will be used by Grade 5 and Grade 6 students,” said school Principal Macaria Camacho.
“We will never forget this precious Christmas gift you have given us. We will cherish this in our hearts forever because you made our students and teachers in F. Ubay ES very happy with this very beautiful building,” she added.
Linda Atayde, SM Foundation Executive Director for Education Programs, on the other hand, said that F. Ubay ES deserves to be included in their list of beneficiary schools.
“It is a fitting Christmas gift because children love Christmas. And we want to give them a gift that can last a lifetime,” Atayde said.
Since 2002, SM Prime through SM Foundation’s School Building Program has supported initiatives to provide a more conducive environment for learning that has increased student attendance and test scores as well as boost the morale of the teachers.
SM Foundation, an active member of Department of Education’s “Adopt-a-School” program, has already donated 86 school buildings with 272 classrooms nationwide since it started the program in 2002. Aside from the school buildings, they have also supported some 3,600 college scholars and 1,625 technical vocation scholars nationwide.
In medical and health programs, the Foundation has conducted 1,313 medical and dental missions benefitting 1,010,861 patients. It has also renovated and upgraded 144 health centers nationwide.
It also trains farmers through its “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan,” the Foundation has trained 19, 167 farmers so their families will be assured of food on the table, make themselves sufficient and future entrepreneurs.