City Savings Bank outreach helps 102 schools prepare for rainy days Thursday, September 8, 2011
City Savings Bank (CitySavings) is taking its commitment to help public school teachers in the country a step further by helping provide a conducive environment for them and their students.
As part of their Brigada Eskwela program, CitySavings employees recently took a day off from work to go to far-flung areas, with some taking boat rides, in order to repair and repaint a total of 102 public schools nationwide. They also fixed broken chairs and desks, and repainted them.
In various provinces in Visayas and Mindanao where CitySavings branches are located, volunteers repainted walls and classrooms, built pathways and repaired broken fixtures. In Calamba, Laguna, where the bank’s first branch in Luzon is located, volunteers did minor repairs and beautified school premises.
School beneficiaries say the repair was very timely, especially with the weather these days bringing heavy rains in most parts of the country.
“Before, our school was very muddy but after they built a pathway, going to our classrooms wasn’t difficult anymore. We also no longer get late,” said a teacher from a beneficiary school in Catarman, Northern Samar.
In Antique province in Western Visayas, students and teachers no longer have to bear with the inconvenience of occupying a classroom with a ceiling made of woven bamboo. After the repairs, teachers said they saw the students’ enthusiasm to go to school knowing that they do not have to bear with the heat or the rainwater dripping from the ceiling. In Catarman, Samar, students now write on refurbished desks.
The teachers said they were grateful for CitySavings’ timely assistance since they did not have to wait for months just for their requests for repair to be acted upon.
“CitySavings’ activity was a huge help. Action agad!,” said a teacher from Tacloban, Leyte. In Ormoc, Leyte, a teacher from one beneficiary school thanked the bank for easing their burden by conducting the repainting, instead of them buying the paint themselves.
The bank’s Brigada Eskwela program complements its vision to help people of moderate means, among them public school teachers. CitySavings, an Aboitiz company, which currently operates 29 branches nationwide, is primarily engaged in offering loans to teachers, a market it has been serving since it was established 45 years ago. It remains among the most stable thrift banks in the country with one of the best operating efficiencies and one of the lowest past due ratio in the thrift banking industry. Its expansion is expected to continue.