Union Galvasteel helps GMA Kapuso Foundation construct school building in Polillo, Quezon
Union Galvasteel Corporation (UGC), a PHINMA subsidiary under its Construction Materials Group, recently supported GMA Kapuso Foundation in its project to construct a school building in disaster-stricken Binibitinan Elementary School in Polillo, Quezon.
As part of PHINMA’s making lives better mission and in support to rehabilitation efforts for areas damaged by Typhoon Karding (Noru) last September, UGC donated high-quality roofing materials such as Durarib Prepainted Roofing, Pre-painted End Flashing, and Pre-painted Gutter for the construction of a 2-classroom Kapuso type school building.
“Importante sa atin na maka-provide tayo ng safe environment and classrooms for our children. Kaya importante talaga na when we build, we build strong,” Rikki Escudero-Catibog, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GMA Kapuso Foundation, said in the news report that aired on 24 Oras.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 5, 2023 and was attended by key stakeholders, including Ms. Escudero Catibog, Mayor Angelique Bosque of the municipality of Polilio, and Maj. Gen. Roberto Capulong, Commander of the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. UGC was represented by its Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Mr. Derik Tabunar.
“Sa pamamagitan ng donasyong ito, hindi lamang kami nagbibigay ng matibay at pangmatagalang mga roofing materials para sa paaralan, kundi inaasam din naming makatulong upang maging mas maginhawa at matagumpay ang kalagayan ng mga mag-aaral at guro dito. Naniniwala kami na ang donasyong ito ay makakatulong sa mga inisyatibo sa pagtataguyod muli sa lugar ng Quezon na naapektuhan ng bagyong Noru at makakapagbalik ng normal na buhay sa mga taong nabiktima nito,” Mr. Tabunar said during the ceremony.
The classrooms to be built by GMA Kapuso Foundation will be able to withstand typhoon winds of up to 300 kph. With the high quality roofing provided by UGC, these classrooms will not only ensure the safety of students and teachers during times of extreme weather, but will also mitigate potential damage and the need for frequent repairs. By providing a resilient and secure learning environment, UGC and GMA Kapuso Foundation improve the well-being and educational continuity of the students.
The PHINMA Group, which includes UGC, is committed to making lives better, especially after calamities hit. With a wide and long-standing presence in far-flung areas, the Group is in a unique position to offer help that is tailored to the needs of the affected communities.