Sun Life brings light to Lawis Elementary School in Balasan

7/17/2015 Randomly Candid 0 Comments

Sun Life executives and other partners pose with the local officials
of Brgy. Lawis, Balasan, Iloilo for the success of the project.
AS part of its 120th anniversary in the Philippines, Sun Life Financial builds 120 classrooms in various parts of the country.

On July 9, Sun Life’s bright rays shone upon Lawis Elementary School in Balasan town in Northern Iloilo as they helped build the four-classroom building that the company donated to the said school.

The chair painters

In partnership with Children’s Hour Philippines, Inc., a fund raising, fund giving, and friends raising organization that supports projects in education, health and nutrition, and child welfare and development for disadvantaged Filipino children, the Project 120 Classrooms is Sun Life’s way of giving back to the country as they reach out the far-flung communities devastated by typhoon “Yolanda” (International name: Haiyan).

The exterior wall painters

According to Children’s Hour Philippines, Inc. executive director Geeneth Garcia, Iloilo is the third leg of the project as they have already turned over classroom buildings to Bohol in January and Cebu in June. They hope to officially turn over the classroom buildings in Iloilo by September as Sun Life targets to build a total of 17 classrooms in five schools located in the towns of Balasan, Batad, San Dionisio, and Estancia.

Sun Lifers doing their own shares.
She added that Children’s Hour Philippines, Inc. will be also donating computer sets, school kits and medical equipment to the school beneficiaries.

The window grill painters.

“This project signifies the collaboration and the success that happens when the community, the government and the private sector work together to bring about positive change,” Garcia noted.

Sun Life Asia President Kevin Strain

On his part, Sun Life Financial Asia president Kevin Strain said that the Project 120 Classrooms addresses the importance of education in nation building and as they make it as an integral part of their 120th anniversary in the Philippines, the said classrooms will part of their history.

Meanwhile, Sun Life Financial Philippines President and CEO Riza Mantaring mentioned that the project is part of their vision of protecting the future of the Filipinos and build a brighter future for everyone.
Sun Life Financial Philippine President and CEO Riza Mantaring
also help in painting the interiors of the classrooms.

Being a believer of the value of education, she advised the pupils to study well for them to become successful in the future.

“This is a great opportunity for the children and this a relief for them to have a classroom that they deserve and they need. Make good use of the classroom by studying well so that you can have a bright future,” she quoted.

Sun Lifers feast on a boodle fight.

Lawis Elementary School principal Renato Alavaren is very thankful for the priceless deed of Sun Life to the school. He said that more than providing the pupils with a conducive learning edifice, the company has also gave life and inspiration to them as well as to the teachers and all of the residents of the barangay.

The donated four-classroom building will be utilized as classrooms of the Kinder and Grades 1 to 3 pupils, he said.

Pupils of Lawis Elementary School show their gratitude by
presenting an entertaining folk dance number.
Department of Education (DepEd) Partnerships and External Linkages Undersecretary Mario Deriquito who graced the event also thanked Sun Life for choosing to support education and for providing nice and durable classrooms provide our children safe and conducive learning environment and teacher better work places.

“One of the priorities of this administration is to ensure that all children are in school and nice classrooms are very effective way to entice children to go back to school,” noted.
Project 120 Classrooms is seen to be finished within three to four years. As of June, Sun Life has already turned over 33 classrooms in Bohol and Cebu. The company is also looking other sites such as Leyte and Tacloban.

The donated school building of Sun Life after the
community building
Aside from classrooms, Sun Life is also spearheading other ongoing initiatives in line with its 120th anniversary in the Philippines. These include the donation of 120 fishing boats in Palawan and Iloilo; granting of 190 scholarships in Tacloban; and the 120 ways of giving back wherein the company’s employees are encouraged to choose an initiative from the 120 projects listed.

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