he School Community Brigade initiated by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) mobilized around 1,000 volunteers to conduct school rehabilitation in the municipal communities of Catmon and Bantayan last May 24 and 26.

Various stakeholders from different organizations, volunteers and other concerned individuals through the brigade gathered together with collaborative endeavors to improve school facilities with the aim of giving schoolchildren of the two municipalities a better learning environment.

Participants of the two-day activity were parents, teachers, barangay officials from the local government units, nanays and employees from the RAFI Micro-finance Bantayan branch, and other volunteers. Pupils also did their part to help in repainting the chairs.

“Through joining the school community brigade, I learned how to paint walls, ceilings, and chairs. In activities like this, one should not mind whether or not he knows how to do the task. If everyone is willing to cooperate, the job will surely get done. As a mother, it is my obligation to help in the activities related to the education of my children,” said 47-year-old Eufemia Ybañez in Cebuano who is a mother of three pupils in Tamiao Elementary School.

The volunteers took part in activities like school clean-up, painting of classroom furniture and school buildings, minor repairs and the preparation of Indigenous tree nurseries, among others.

Next month, the RAFI will turn over 21 classrooms to the school administrators of the six elementary schools, which include the Vito Elementary School, Tamiao Elementary School, Baod Elementary School, Sillon Elementary School, Kabac Elementary School and Panalipan Elementary School.

The municipalities of Catmon and Bantayan in northern Cebu belonged to the first batch of beneficiaries of the School Rehabilitation Program of RAFI, now on its third phase of implementation.

The School Rehabilitation Program is one of the initiatives of RAFI’s education focus areas, believing that shaping the next generation of talents begins with nurturing the love for learning. Other focus areas of RAFI include integrated development, micro-finance & entrepreneurship, culture & heritage and leadership & citizenship.

For further details about the school rehabilitation program, contact Jicel Reve Gabriel at 418-7234 loc. 209 or visit their website www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.

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