Security Bank Foundation leaves legacy, donates 8 classrooms in Santiago, Isabela

Education serves as a lasting legacy for many. Living proof is the story of Rhona Alma Bello, a customer advisor from Security Bank Santiago Branch, who witnessed Security Bank Foundation’s turnover of a school building to her and her daughter’s alma mater, Santiago South Central School. “Having our Bank’s foundation donate classrooms to the public school where I graduated made me even prouder. It is an honor to be part of an institution that invests in the construction of much-needed classrooms for our public schools”, said Bello.

Among the partners of Security Bank Foundation for the implementation of its classroom construction projects are the branch business managers who coordinate with community stakeholders. With over 37 years of dedicated service to the bank, Security Bank Santiago Branch Business Manager Agnes Alcid looks at the 12 classrooms donated to Santiago as one of her most memorable legacies upon retirement. “I hope the community will always remember the Bank and its endeavors for improving the quality of education,” said Alcid.

Security Bank Foundation recently turned over 12 classrooms to Santiago City, Isabela consisting of a 2-storey, 4-classroom building for Santiago North Central School SPED Center and a 2-storey, 8-classroom building for Santiago South Central School, among the most populated public schools in the city.

After turning over 675 classrooms and benefiting 120 schools in 69 Philippine cities and municipalities, Security Bank Foundation Chairman Rafael F. Simpao Jr. hopes that “the legacy that Security Bank shall leave behind, through our Classrooms Project, is that we have been instrumental in the improvement of the learning conditions in the country’s public schools and in the academic performance of students nationwide.”

From left to right: Amelia Dycoco, Ateneo Center for Education Development Program Officer; Rafael Ilarde, Security Bank Solano Branch Business Manager; Corazon Mendoza, Alicia Branch Security Bank Business Manager; Roulin Cortez, Security Bank Cauayan Branch Business Manager; Sheryl Plaza, Security Bank Santiago Branch Channel Manager; Agnes Alcid, Security Bank Santiago Branch Business Manager; Ferdinand Uy, Security Bank Branch Banking Group North Luzon Area Head; Melissa Aquino, Security Bank Foundation Corporate Secretary, Leslie Cham, Security Bank Branch Banking Group Head; Rafael Simpao, Security Bank Foundation Chairman; Hon. Joseph Tan, 4th District of Isabela Congressman; Dr. Benjamin Paragas, DepEd Region II Director; Dr. Flordeliza Gecobe, DepEd Division of Santiago Schools Division Superintendent; Jonathan Fronda, DepEd Division of Santiago Assistant Schools Division Superintendent; Dr. Leilanie Dominia, DepEd Santiago School Governance and Operations Division Supervisor; Simeona Dalloran, Santiago South Central School Principal

Santiago City Mayor Atty. Alyssa Sheena Tan also believes that education is an important legacy to leave for the people of her city. “It is imperative to invest in our people, especially the youth, for their education so they can succeed in the 21st-century economy,” said Mayor Tan.

“Security Bank Foundation has bestowed to the Department of Education an invaluable asset that will help shape the lives of generations to come,” added Dr. Flordeliza Gecobe, Department of Education Division of Santiago City Schools Division Superintendent.

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