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News & Features

Nov 25, 2015

Insular Life Turns Over Disaster Resilient School Building

Insular Life, in partnership with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the Department of Education (DepEd) turned over the  new 3-classroom school building to San Fernando Central Elementary School in Tacloban, Leyte, one of the schools that suffered much devastation after Typhoon Yolanda. Insular Life President and Chief Operating Officer Mona Lisa B. de la Cruz led the ceremonial turnover of the school to Ms. Delilah delos Santos, principal of San Fernando Central Elementary School. Also present to witness the event were PBSP Executive Director Rafael Lopa, DepEd Region 8 Director Dr. Luisa Bautista-Yu, and LGU Representative Atty. Jenny Lyn Manibay.


In her message Dela Cruz said, “ We, in Insular, are proud of the San Fernando Central Elementary School administrators, teachers, staff and students because you went through so much yet here you are, moving on with much confidence.  In return, we hope that this three-classroom building will be a fitting tribute to your “waterproof spirit.”


San Fernando Central Elementary School in Tacloban, Leyte has one of the biggest student population in the area. Before Typhoon Yolanda destroyed many of its classrooms, San Fernando Elementary School had very crowded classrooms, fitting in 2,940 students in 35 classrooms.


Insular Life responded to the call of the Department of Education through the Adopt-A-School Program, to help rebuild school buildings.  The company pledged to assist in the construction of a single storey-three-classroom disaster-resilient school building that can withstand the usual disasters such as fire, flood, typhoon, and earthquake. Included in the donation are 135 school chairs, 3 teachers’ tables, as well as bookshelves and story books for the elementary students.