PHILAMLIFE to invest in education in Isabela

A March 4, 2011 press release by the Department of Education

The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (PHILAMLIFE), through its PHILAM Foundation, Inc. (PFI), has inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Education (DepEd) to help build classrooms in Isabela.

Severely devastated by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 and Typhoon Juan in 2010, Isabela province will receive support from PHILAMLIFE and PFI in constructing new classroom buildings. Through PHILAM Paaralan, PHILAMLIFE and PFI will shoulder the cost of construction of four one-storey buildings with two classrooms and comfort rooms, including the furniture needed, amounting to P10M.

“While more problems are left to the department because of the strong typhoons severely damaging our classroom buildings and school facilities, we will not let our youth down, we will still carry on with the commitment of serving them. This partnership with PHILAMLIFE and PFI is one concrete example that we are serious in addressing the backlogs in education and that we are on our way in making our Education For All a reality,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro.

A total of eight classrooms will be built through PHILAM Paaralan, benefiting four schools, which include Alibagu Elementary School and Manaring Integrated School in Ilagan and Regional Science High School and Ugad Elementary School in Tumauini.

Luistro expressed his thanks to the men and women behind the PHILAM Group of Companies for this noble initiative. “We at the department are happy to know that many groups and companies are realizing that education is also their obligation. We welcome their investments to help us in bridging the gaps in public schools.”

PFI, the corporate social responsibility arm of the PHILAM Group of Companies, prioritizes involvement in the areas of health and education, arts and culture, and livelihood and enterprise development.

Expected completion of all the classroom buildings in four schools will be in May, in time for the opening of classes in June.

The MOA was signed on Thursday, March 3, at the PHILAMLIFE Office in Makati City. Signatories aside from Br. Armin included Jose Cuisia, Chairman of PHILAMLIFE; Trevor Bull, President-CEO of PHILAMLIFE; Carla Domingo, Acting Executive-Director of PHILAMLIFE; and DepEd Assistant Secretary Reynaldo Laguda.