The recent Mayon Volcano activity recalls the 2006 eruption when tons of mud and ash rushed along its slopes and surrounding areas. A subsequent typhoon then hit the Bicol Region and thick mud and boulders rushed down to surrounding villages causing the death of some 1,000 people and damage to countless establishments. Three years after the twin calamities hit Sorsogon, much has still to be done to restore damaged properties.
The Carriedo Elementary School in Gubat, Sorsogon was not spared by the widespread flooding. School properties like books and desks were washed away. In the aftermath of the eruption and typhoon, pupils and teachers had to make do with makeshift desks made from scrap wood and other readily available materials just to be able to resume classes.
Tan Yan Kee Foundation in partnership with private donors New Quik Snack Corporation, Viron Transit Corporation, Chemi Source Network Unlimited Corp., Food Industry Incorporation, Mr. Jose Tan Echio, and an anonymous donor, brand new study desks were provided for all 12 classrooms of the school. Rubber sandals and raincoats were also distributed to the pupils during a turnover ceremony held at the school last July.
School principal Lilia Zita Pura and DepEd Division Superintendent Marilyn Dimaano welcomed guests from the Foundation headed by Project Officer Santos Tan. Also on hand were Allied Bank Officers Arlen Ambas and Sarah Basilla, Area Head and Branch Manager of Legaspi Branch, respectively, and their counterparts from Philippine National Bank, Dean Francia and Tom Sementela, Area Head and Business Manager, respectively. Mayor Dengracias Ramos gave the closing remarks and expressed gratitude on behalf of the Municipality of Gubat.