School Rehab Project in Leyte Breaks Ground

The ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya in partnership with the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) held the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of two 4-classroom buildings at the New Ormoc City High School (NOCHS) last March 11.

Located at Brgy. Don Felipe Larrazabal in Ormoc, NOCHS has a total population of 5,205 students and is just one of the many schools in Leyte where new typhoon-resilient buildings will be constructed. Ormoc City Mayor Edward “Ondo” Codilla thanked the Lopez companies for being with them when the world’s strongest tropical cyclone pounded Leyte and the nearby provinces. “Kailanman ay hindi niyo kami iniwan. Sa pagkakataong ito mapapatunayan ang tunay na kahulugan ng Kapamilya,” he shared.

The ceremony was graced by EDC’s Rico Bersamin, Manny Paete, and Nars Ablaza; Sagip Kapamilya’s Marcel Riñon and Philip Fortuno; Kananga Mayor Elmer Codilla; and First Balfour‘s Albert Ignacio, Caloy Salonga, Jojo Arcangel, and Jun Maninang; OCNHS’ faculty, students, and parent-teacher association representatives.

For the first wave of the school rehabilitation project, First Balfour is set to repair classrooms in Milagro Elementary School and build 14 new ones in NOCHS, Matlang Elementary School, and Palo National High School starting April 2014.