THE opening of the school year in Yolanda-struck Tugop Elementary School in Tanauan, Leyte gave students renewed hopes as they enjoy two new school buildings turned over by L’Oreal Philippines. And since the school opened, the community saw a record-high, 20-percent increase in enrollment.
Project Bangon Tugop: L’Oréal Classroom Reconstruction Project in Haiyan Affected Areas is a citizenship initiative under the Department of Education’s Rebuilding Schools in Haiyan-affected Areas Program and in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress.
“Through these newly-built facilities, we see renewed excitement among the children towards their studies. Our teachers, and even the parents of our students, are ecstatic that now we are able to accommodate more students this school year,” Tugop Elementary School Principal Jason Gaduena shared. “We are grateful that L’Oréal Philippines saw our needs and was very generous to support them. We are one with them in seeing a brighter future for our children, and one great step towards that is having the right facilities.”
The two new disaster-resilient school buildings are now fully equipped with ramps to assist children with disabilities, separate washrooms for boys and girls, new school desks, chairs, and shelves. The school year opened with 240 students from grades 1 to 6.
Tugop Elementary School was among the many schools in the Visayan region heavily damaged and left with dysfunctional utilities. The classrooms were left without almost any material for the teachers and students to use. Thus, aside from the newly built classrooms, L’Oréal also provided complete sets of school supplies to all 240 students through the collective effort of its employees as part of the annual Citizen Day of the company.
“We, at L’Oréal Philippines, believe in beauty for all—may this be in individuals, groups, or communities—because beauty has the power to change lives. This effort in Tugop is just one of the many endeavors our company has taken to ensure that we live by this promise—this time, a promise of a beautiful education for the school children of Tugop Elementary School,” L’Oréal Managing Director Rowel Vijandre ended.