The Efraim Santibañez National High School in Brgy. Sto. Tomas, Passi City is a recipient of a 2-storey school building donated by SM and BDO foundations.
The component city was badly hit by killer winds of typhoon Yolanda damaging not only houses but also infrastructures including school buildings. Initial repairs were done by LGUs concerned but many of the buildings were beyond repair.
SM Foundation and BDO Foundation partnered to heed Department of Education’s call for help to private organizations, by building full-equipped 2-storey, 4-classroom school buildings.
The finished school building with toilets & furniture were turned over by Maureen Abelardo, President of BDO Foundation, Ms. Debbie Sy, Executive Director of SM Foundation, Carmen Linda Atayde, Exec. Director for Education of SMFI and Engr. Gilbert Domingo, Mall Manager of SM City Iloilo representing SM Prime Holdings, Inc. last January 15, 2016 to Head Teacher & School Principal, Nelson Palma of Efraim Santebañez National High School.
The property where the school stands, is a donation of the Santibanez family of Passi City.
Also present during the turn-over was Passi Iloilo Mayor Jesry Palmares, Vice Mayor Bonifacio Barbero and other city officials, SMFI Assistant Vice President Eleonor Lansang SM Regional Marketing Manager Kristine Yap and SM City Iloilo PR Manager Troy Camarista.
Three graduating SM Scholars also joined the activity.
The new structure is another addition to school buildings contributed by SM Foundation and partners to the Adopt-A-School Program of the Department of Education.