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Pototan gets disaster-resilient school building

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A DISASTER-resilient building has been turned over to a secondary school in Pototan, one of the flood-prone towns in Iloilo. The P5.5-million building at the Alberto Sorongon Memorial National High School was funded by Insular Foundation Inc., the corporate social responsibility arm of Insurance Life Assurance Co. Ltd. (InLife). “Our school serves as the catchment area of the five barangays here namely, Brgy. Iwa Ilawod, Brgy. Iwa-Ilaya, Brgy. Ubang, Brgy. Macatol, Brgy. Fundacion, and Brgy. Zarrague. We are really happy that his project is realized,” Assistant School Principal Ma. Grace P. Coronado said during the turnover ceremony earlier this month. Aside from having a one-meter elevation from the ground, the building is also designed to withstand a 250-kilometer per hour typhoon and has a seismic load resistance of more than intensity 7 for earthquakes. The roof deck of the fire-resistant structure can also be used as an evacuation center. Insular Foundation Chairman and InLife Executive Chairman Nina D. Aguas, who led the turnover ceremony, said the project was the fourth after two similar buildings in Samar and one in Tacloban City, which were all affected by super typhoon Yolanda in 2013. “Insular Foundation believes that investing in the development of the human capital through education is a big step towards making life better for our people and our country,” she said. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo









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