In Building the Nation Together, CEMEX Philippines remains committed in helping communities in need especially in rural regions of the Philippines. Its most recent project is in partnership with GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) in rebuilding a typhoon-stricken school in Panganiban, Catanduanes.
CEMEX Philippines Foundation, the company’s corporate social responsibility arm, provided 600 bags of cement that went towards the reconstruction of a three-classroom structure at the Mabini Elementary School, which was heavily damaged by typhoon Rolly in November 2020.
The reconstructed classrooms will benefit the local school community allowing them to have a conducive learning space to ensure quality education. The new structure was also designed to be more climate-resilient; being able to withstand natural disasters like earthquakes (up to intensity 8) and typhoon winds (up to 300 kph).
“The partnership with GMAKF is one of the key initiatives of CEMEX Philippines Foundation this year, anchored on its commitment to Building Education and expanding students’ opportunities for a better future,” says Ignacio Mijares, CEMEX Philippines Foundation Chairman and President.
Marily Dizon, grade 7 student of Mabini Elementary School shared with GMA Kapuso Foundation that she saw the newly painted classrooms as a sign of hope.
“’Yung mga bata po na mag-aaral ngayon, hindi na maghihirap sa school pag umuulan,” she said. (Translation: “The children who are studying now, will no longer suffer going to school when it rains,” she said.)
CEMEX’s advocacy of Building Education is aligned with the Kapuso School Development program of GMAKF, which aims to foster integral education by providing students of underserved public schools, with decent and functional classrooms, as well as water distribution and sanitation facilities.
Building the Nation Together is CEMEX Philippines’ umbrella Corporate Social Responsibility program. Its advocacies are dedicated to building a sustainable, better future that goes beyond producing concrete products. Hence, CEMEX has been proactive in launching various programs in the fields of education, livelihood, environment, health, and partnerships – all dedicated to empowering communities and uplifting the lives surrounding it.