Damosa Land Floirendo Foundation build walls for E. Ramos National High School
Despite the scorching heat of the sun, Damosa Land (DLI), Anflocor, and Antonio O. Floirendo Foundation (AOFF) employees marched out of their offices and went to E. Ramos National High School, prepared and armed with shovels, hollow blocks, and sacks of sand and cement. They gathered at the school grounds located a few meters away from DLI’s residential community, Damosa Fairlane, in Brgy. Angliongto, Lanang with one goal in mind: build its walls for its students’ security.
There were neither walls nor fences that surround the back area of the campus. For several years, this has remained a perennial problem since thieves were able to trespass at night and steal desktop computers from the classrooms.
The school takes pride in their 300 sqm. award-winning garden, which they started cultivating in 2012. For three years, it has bagged awards in the Citywide Gulayan sa Paaralan competition, beating other public schools all over Davao. With no walls to protect their back area from bad elements, the teachers feared that trespassers may ransack their garden and destroy their prized fruits and crops.
“Aside from the computers, which were stored in a locked classroom, the thieves also stole fruits and fish from our garden,” Helen Seras, Grade 10 adviser, said.
“One morning, someone went out to feed the fish. We were stunned to find out that not a single tilapia and catfish were left in the pond,” she added.
According to her, the school management originally wanted to have a covered gym for their school activities. However, after further assessment, they decided to prioritize the wall construction.
“Government and private offices have expressed their intention to finance the construction of the walls, but only Damosa Land acted on their promise,” Seras said.
Employees showed enthusiasm in volunteering for the activity. Janesse Dalisay, Sales Assistant of DLI, said, “The things we did were outside of our field, our comfort zone, but we were still happy since we know that the students will benefit from it.”
“Especially now that it’s almost Christmas, we’re grateful that we have shared our blessings and helped them in every way we can,” she added.
The outreach activity was initiated by Damosa Land,Inc. in partnership with AOFF, Anflocor’s corporate social responsibilty arm.
“These students deserve to feel safe and secure in the institution they call their second home. These walls will add comfort to their school setting. They can now focus on their lessons and can roam around the campus premises without worrying if there is something dangerous lurking beyond those walls,” said Russell Barrizo, Executive Director of AOFF.
Damosa Land is the real estate and property development company of the Anflo Group of Companies – the company that is responsible for developing business and lifestyle-oriented commercial center, Damosa District.