The BDO Foundation and the Consuelo Foundation recently reaffirmed their partnership by signing another memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of two school buildings with a total of eight classrooms for Mondragon Agro-Industrial High School in Mondragon town, Northern Samar province.
The agreement was signed by BDO Foundation President Mario Deriquito, Trustee Jerome Guevarra and Program Director Rose Espinosa; and Consuelo Foundation Director for Administration Anne Marie Chanco and Director for Programs Nicanor Torre.
This is the third joint project the partners are undertaking. The first was a two-story, four-classroom school building for Giporlos National Trade School in Eastern Samar province, and the second was a similar structure for the Lawaan National School of Craftsmanship and Home Industries, also in Eastern Samar.
The school buildings to be built are expected to benefit the students of Mondragon Agro-Industrial High School. The school was among those devastated by Supertyphoon Yolanda in November 2013. Because not all the damaged classrooms have been rebuilt, about 330 of the students still hold classes in makeshift classrooms and the school gymnasium.
An academic institution that specializes in agricultural and industrial education, this public technical-vocational school serves more than 900 students.
The initiative is in keeping with the disaster-response advocacy and long-term rehabilitation program of the BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Banco de Oro Unibank. Its partner, Consuelo Foundation, is an American non-profit, private foundation that promotes the wellbeing of at-risk children and families, and prevents and treats their abuse, neglect and exploitation in the Philippines and Hawaii.
Over the past years, both foundations have been actively assisting communities affected by natural calamities.