M Prime through SM Foundation recently turned over a fully furnished two-story school building to the President Manuel Roxas Memorial Integrated School-South in Roxas City, Western Visayas, just in time for the school year opening.
The 104th school building made through the collaboration was built in accordance with specifications set by the Department of Education (DepEd). It holds four classrooms, each furnished with desks, chairs for left-handed students, toilets per classroom, including a special toilet for PWDs on the ground floor.
It also includes concave blackboards, electric fans, and LED lighting. Emergency lights were installed in the stairways for emergency-preparedness.
SM Foundation installed a handwashing facility along with liquid soap for the community’s use in support of DepEd’s commitment to ensure learners’ access to clean water for hygiene and sanitation,
The SM group will help with the maintenance and upkeep of the said school to sustain.
Fostering Social Good
DepEd announced earlier that roughly 21 million students enrolled this school year 2023-2024. Given this fact, the agency reported that only over 100,000 out of the more than 300,000 school buildings are in good condition.
True to its commitment in uplifting education in communities where it operates, SM Foundation has been an active member of DepEd’s Adopt-a-School Program since 2002. It has turned over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities nationwide since then.