INTEL Foundation and Intel, through its partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), introduced a stronger Sto. Niño Elementary School in Tanauan, Leyte. A ceremony was held to officially turn over four new buildings—which were severely damaged during Super Typhoon Yolanda—to the principal, local students and teachers of the community.
“Intel is committed to providing sustainable and accessible education opportunities for the youth in the country and worldwide. One and a half years since Typhoon Haiyan struck the country in November 2013, we are honored to make this contribution to build a better Sto. Niño Elementary school for the children in Palawan,” said Intel Philippines Country Manager Calum Chisholm.
In the wake of Yolanda in 2013, more than 2,400 Intel employees worldwide raised a total of $375,000 (P15.6 million) in donations Intel Foundation matched the amount to fund the reconstruction of the damaged Sto. Niño Elementary School.
The reconstructed buildings house 10 instructional classrooms, and will be able to withstand typhoons with winds up to 250kph, 25 percent more than the industry standard of 200kph, and up to three hours of fire compared to the conventional one hour. The new Sto. Niño elementary school features structurally sound foundations for the benefit of over 500 students in the elementary level.
Moreover, it was built one meter above the original ground line to boost its resilience against seismic events, typhoons, and flooding. The school’s rooftops are equipped with solar panels that are capable of powering school lights and teaching devices.
Alongside the rebuilding of the school, Intel provided laptops, 2-in-1 laptop and tablet devices and a content access point for the teachers and the students. This contribution, strengthened with training programs for students and teachers, ensures a holistic approach that goes beyond school rebuilding thus providing an inclusive and systematic approach in improving education. Intel also sent members of the employee volunteers from abroad to provide on-site ICT skills training to the teachers and students during the summer.
“Intel’s support since the start of the rebuilding initiative provided an opportunity for the children of Tanauan to enjoy a better Sto. Niño. The classrooms and the ICT equipment provided by Intel have changed the students’ learning environment and will open more opportunities for them in the future,” said Sto. Niño Elementary School Principal Marlon Tangpuz.