April 30 2018
“Napaka-importante nito sa pag rehabilitate ng Marawi sapagkat ang unang pangangailangan ng mga bata duon ay eskwelahan. (This is very important in rehabilitating Marawi because schools are the primary need ofhthe children there,” GMKAF Chairman Atty. Felipe L. Gozon said. “Kailangang magtulong tulong tayong lahat. (We need to unite and help.)”
The significant turnover ceremony was attended by GMAKF’s Board of Trustees: Chairman Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, President Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rikki Escudero-Catibog and FFCCCII’s officers: President Domingo Yap, Executive Vice President Dr. Henry Limbonliong, Vice President Mary Ng, Vice President Alex Yap Cho Ty, Vice President William Gosiaco, Chairman of Media and Public Affairs Committee Wilson Lee Flores, Vice Chairperson of Media Relations and Information Committee Lily Lim, Chairman of Welfare Committee Bonifacio Lui, Co-Chairman of Welfare Committee Robert Kho Tian Ang, Vice Chairman of Welfare Committee Jimmy Ching, Chairman of External Affairs Committee Nelson Guevarra, Assistant Secretary General Reynard Hing. FFCCCII’s Project Coordinator Carlos Legaspi and Photographer Wilson Ong were also present.
“Kami dito sa Filipino-Chinese community, we have to share what we have with the poor ‘kababayans’ just to show them that we also love them,” FFCCCII President Domingo Yap remarked. “We hope that this will pick up efforts for the rehabilitation and construction of destroyed public schools.”
GMAKF has repeatedly visited Lanao del Sur to find out how it could best respond to the needs of the residents of Marawi who were displaced by the armed conflict. Many schools were reduced to rubble. The Department of Education will re-enroll the displaced students outside of the most affected area while the bombed out area gets rehabilitated by the government.
“The youth is the future of our country. Education is the way to improve your life.” Shared Rikki Escudero-Catibog , GMAKF EVP and COO.
GMAKF will rehabilitate and rebuild three schools in Marawi City and will build a total of 18 classrooms at Datu Saber Elementary School (8 classrooms), Pendolonan Elementary School (6 classrooms) and Camp Bagong Amai Pakpak Elementary School (4 classrooms).
The Datu Saber Elementary School is distinct because of its small size, standing on only 300 square meters while catering to 450 students. Despite the cramped space, its students garnered high scores in consecutive National Aptitude Tests. In partnership with United Architect of the Philippines-Emergency Architects, a space saving multi storey school will be designed and constructed here.
The Pendolonan and Camp Bagong Amai Pakpak Elementary Schools will have Kapuso type classrooms of reinforced concrete that are typhoon resistant, capable of withstanding winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour.
FFCCCII’s is one of GMAKF's top donors for its Rebuild Marawi Project and through its generosity, the lives of generations children in Marawi will change for the better.
Help fund GMA KAPUSO FOUNDATION's Rebuild Marawi Project. GMAKF accepts much needed monetary donations in cash or check at the GMAKF office, 2nd Floor GMA Kapuso Center, 11th Jamboree corner Samar Street, Quezon City. You may also deposit to GMAKF bank accounts in Metrobank, BDO, PNB and UCPB. For more inquiries, contact GMAKF at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or (02) 9289351/ 9284299.