SM Prime Holdings, Inc. has officially turned over to the Olongapo City government a 6-storey college building which will house the new Gordon College located at East Tapinac Oval Track.
The 57-classroom building will cater the students from Zambales, Bataan, Olongapo and nearby provinces.
“As we turn over this new college building to the city of Olongapo, it gives us great pleasure to be part of this noble advocacy that contributes to nation building and to an inclusive growth for our country,” Annie Garcia, Shopping Center Management Corp.(SCMC) president, said.
“This is part of SM’s undertaking that Mayor Rolen Paulino requested for the people of Olongapo,” she added.
Mayor Paulino, in his speech, expressed gratitude to SM for the building, which will give convenience and better education to students.
The event was graced by Paulino, Vice Mayor Aquilino “Jong” Cortez, City Councilors, SBMA Director Cynthia Paulino, college president Dr. Imelda Soriano, among others. They were joined by Garcia, SM Supermalls vice president for operations Engr. Bien Mateo, SM regional operations manager Cesar Bondoc, and SM Olongapo asst. mall manager Ana Lorraine Azucena, as well as the city government’s department heads, barangay officials and members of the private sector.
It can be recalled that SM Foundation recently donated an 18-classroom, 3-storey building to the DepEd Olongapo last April 2016 and a 2-classroom building at the Barretto National High School in 2013. SM also provides scholarships to deserving students under the SM College Scholarship Program. Schools of choice now include Gordon College and Columban College.
“For many years, SM Foundation, the advocacy arm of SM Supermalls has been strengthening its programs for education, because Mr. Henry Sy Sr. strongly believes that good education is the key to our progress,” Garcia added. (PR-SMOL)