EZF Mobilizes Support For Public High School

Program: Infrastructure Development

“I believed that through education, there is hope for a better life.”

This was quoted from the speech delivered by the late Don Enrique Zobel, the philanthropist and former Chairman of the E. Zobel Foundation on the occasion of the 5th Student Leaders’ Forum held in Western Visayas.

Taking this cue from EZ, education became the flagship program of the E. Zobel Foundation since 2004. Its Program on Education or Pro-Ed, is a strategic response to the current challenges being faced by the education system of public schools. The delivery of quality education is hampered because the funding allocated for it has not matched the annual growth in student population. As a result, there is a constant shortage of classrooms, desks, textbooks and competitive teachers.

In Calatagan, Batangas, this dilemma is certainly felt most especially in the secondary level. Recently, the E. Zobel Foundation partnered with the Local Government of Calatagan in establishing a new public high school which complements the existing secondary school located in Barangay Lucsuhin.

The construction of the first four classrooms in a swapped property previously donated by EZ, was funded by the Local Government of Calatagan. The E. Zobel Foundation supported the construction of the second floor with four classrooms, including the stairs and comfort rooms. Governor Vilma Santos-Recto initiated the putting up of another six-classroom buildings.

Recently, the EZF turned over additional eight classrooms making the total donations to 12 classrooms. The funds which were utilized came from the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Antony Marden, Jaime Zobel de Ayala family, BPI Foundation, Ms. Dedes Zobel and Mr. Iñigo Zobel. The American Womens’ Club of the Philippines (AWCP) also supported the conversion of one of the classrooms into a furnished Science Laboratory. A school library was set up to address the growing needs of the students and teachers on reference materials and researchers.

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