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Foundation helps uplift education with school building built in La Union

Overcrowding is a major challenge faced by public schools in the Philippines.

With limited resources and a large student population, classrooms often become crammed, hindering effective learning and individual attention.

The SM Foundation's School Building program directly addresses this by providing much-needed classrooms, particularly in low-income communities.

As a testament to its staunch advocacy in promoting quality education in the Philippines, the SM Foundation inaugurated its 107th school building at the South Central Integrated School in San Fernando City, La Union early this month.

This two-story, four-classroom structure will be a welcome addition to the community, alleviating the burden of classroom overcrowding and providing a conducive learning environment for 200 Grade 7 students.

“The San Fernando South Central Integrated School community is immensely grateful for the generosity and foresight of the donors in choosing our humble school to be the beneficiary of this remarkable gift. We are truly humbled and deeply appreciative of this momentous occasion, and we look forward to the opportunities it will bring to our community's growth and development,” the beneficiary said in its Facebook post.

It added, “This generous donation will undoubtedly have a lasting and positive impact on our school and the lives of those we serve. We are committed to making the most of this invaluable gift and to continuing our mission with renewed vigor and determination.”

Prayer Room
Art Gallery
Guidance Office
Handwashing Facility

These are the amenities included in the two-story, four-classroom structure donated by the SM Foundation to the San Fernando South Central Integrated School in La Union as part of the foundation's school building program which will benefit 200 Grade 7 students. (photos from SM Foundation)

The new school building at South Central Integrated School is more than just bricks and mortar.

It stands as a symbol of hope and opportunity for the students who will learn within its walls.

The building is fully furnished with armchairs (including left-handed options), teacher's desks and chairs, panoramic whiteboards, wall fans, and wall clocks.

To ensure inclusivity, the structure includes a ramp for persons with disability (PWD) and a PWD-friendly comfort room with handrails and necessary amenities.

The SM Foundation also prioritizes the safety and well-being of students and staff.

The building is equipped with fire alarms and emergency lights in key areas, ensuring a quick response in case of emergencies.

To promote a healthy learning environment, a 10-faucet handwashing facility and overhead water tanks have been installed.

Dedicated rooms for a guidance office, art gallery, and prayer room further enhance the school's functionality and cater to the diverse needs of the community.

SM Foundation's impact extends beyond constructing schools, resonating in enhanced safety, nurturing learning spaces, and a broader commitment to educational empowerment.

Building not just structures but opportunities, the foundation stands as a beacon of hope, illuminating a path to a brighter, more inclusive future for countless students nationwide. (JCR/AMB/PIA Region 1)

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April Bravo


Region 1

April M. Montes-Bravo is the Assistant Regional Director of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Region 1 based in San Fernando City, La Union.

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