LEYTE -- Bosch Philippines announced the completion of the Tindog Pilipinas reconstruction initiative in Leyte with the official inauguration of the Tanauan II Central School industrial center.
Andrew Powell, Bosch Philippines managing director, led the inaugural rites, together with Charlie Ayco, Habitat for Humanity Philippines CEO.
An additional library and a classroom were also turned over to Alang-Alang National High School.
“Our first visit to Tacloban left us shocked because the devastation was vast and massive,” Andrew Powell said during the ceremonial turnover.
“Oftentimes, it tested our resolve and commitment; but Bosch delivers what it promises. Now, to see a spark of hope shining among the faces of the students and teachers makes me proud to be a part of a company that is both commercially-driven and socially-aware,” he said.
“Bosch has always been a strong advocate of education. As our rehabilitation initiative reaches full circle, our commitment for innovation and skills development are even stronger. As we open these amenities, we hope to equip the students with the tools and knowledge to become the next innovators of their community,” Powell added.
In just a span of two years, Tindog Pilipinas was able to open eight educational facilities across the Visayas region.
In November 2014, Bosch opened a two-classroom building in Purgason Primary School and a library in Looc Primary School in Daanbantayan, Cebu.
In June 2015, a computer laboratory was given to Alang-Alang Agro-Industrial School and a Math & Science Center to Alang-Alang National High School in Leyte.
The efforts were mobilized with the help of Habitat for Humanity.
Ayco said, “The completion of three more facilities in the affected areas is a step forward towards a bright future for the students and the schools’ administration. Rebuilding these schools would give the residents a chance to restore themselves and prosper once more.”
Commenced in May 2014, the construction kicked-off in Cebu with the help of 22 Bosch associates who flew in the province for the company’s service week initiative.
Exchanging their computers for shovels and pick axes to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the volunteers managed to deliver a good head start to revamp the calamity-stricken facilities.
Bosch innovations such as its power tools and construction equipment enabled construction to proceed faster at higher levels of accuracy to produce superior output.
The newly-constructed buildings are expected to accommodate about 4,000 schoolchildren in Central and Eastern Visayas.
Funds for Tindog Pilipinas amounted to €174,000 (P10,822,356), including significant contributions voluntarily coming from Bosch associates across the globe. (PR)