Roof for Education: San Fernando Elementary School, Tacloban City

November 2 to 11, 2013,

Haiyan (commonly called Yolanda) struck Tacloban City, bringing with it a storm surge — taking in water from the sea and engulfing an area of more than 200 km. The destruction even reached nearby towns like Palo and Tanauan.

The storm had changed the city drastically from its progressive development evident to what can be seen from the link. (See comparative photos here: http://goo.gl/QdV91e) The severeness of property damages are reported to be approximately P 761,400,371.89 for the rest of Leyte according to Sun star (http://goo.gl/NDH6DV). Many establishments in Tacloban have been temporarily closed down (if not permanently) from not being able to recover from the damages.

Eight months have passed since the calamity and now we are seeing Tacloban City recovering from the damages with the help of aiding organizations from around the world. But as of now, the province still needs more help .

One such place is San Fernando Central Elementary School (SFCS) (Photos below).

Entrance to San Fernando Elementary School

Library: tumbled shelves

Library: a pile of saltwater-fused books

Like every public structure in the area,  the school was also assigned to be a settlement area for the families affected by the typhoon. A tent compound has been put-up within its grounds to accommodate families.

Tent settlement compound inside the campus


Some residents of the tent compound

Along with the influx of help coming from all over the world, Colorsteel Family also reaches out to the community as it completes a re-roofing project for San Fernando Central Elementary School’s two-classroom, single-storey building.

Re-roofed structure


Colorsteel Family visited SFCS during the enrollment for the upcoming classes and held a small program facilitated by Ma’am Imelda Gayas (SFCS’ Principal) and her staff. Many students along with their parents were invited to attend the turn-over ceremony for the donated roofing.

Principal Imelda Gayas welcoming Colorsteel

Students line up for some goods

Scouts receive gifts too

What’s in the bag?

Colorsteel along with the students

The new roofing was installed conveniently in-time for the start of classes. With the joint effort of Colorsteel Family along with other charitable organizations, San Fernando Central Elementary School can now hold classes in the newly-renovated classrooms.

San Fernando Central Elementary School acknowledges this and in return presents Colorsteel Family a plaque of appreciation.

Members of the Colorsteel Family holding the plaque of appreciation


Roof for Education: Cogon Central School

Leyte – the most affected province by the super typhoon Haiyan (locally called “Yolanda”) has been through a lot since the typhoon struck last November 2 to 11, 2013.

Even though Ormoc wasn’t swept directly by the storm surge that swallowed Tacloban City, Ormoc still received extensive damages from the vicious winds of the super typhoon.

Driving across Leyte, it is still blatant to see the damages that has marked Province. Roofless buildings, broken down houses, collapsed foot holds & fallen trees to list a few. The damages were also proportional to the number of newly built graves along the roadside – and what these imply.

Even so, the survivors had to live on and continue to thrive.

As part of its “Roof for Education” campaign, Colorsteel Family has chosen  Cogon Central School to be one of the recipients of the school building re-roofing project.

Colorsteel Family completed re-roofing a two-classroom school building just in time for the opening of classes in June.

Bangon Ormoc!

Colorsteel Family visited Cogon Central School during their annual BRIGADA ESKWELA to officially turn-over the re-roofing project to the school principal, Mrs. Editha Laurente, and the school faculty.

Madam. Editha Laurente hands their certificate of appreciation to Peter Galang



Roof for Education: Basac Elementary School


Basac Elementary School marked blue

Loon sits some 28km west side of Bohol coming from Tagbilaran. Just like the rest of the province, it too was struck by the 7.2Mw earthquake from October 15, last year (2013). This has left Bohol’s infrastructures in ruins and incapacitating most of its basic operations just like roads & power lines.

(Credits to the owner)

After 8 months, the damage can still be seen all over the province. Some of its famous land marks that have been damaged remain in ruins and some have been completely turned to rubble – just like the historic Nuestra Señora de la Luz Parish Church in Loon. The buildings surrounding it have already been condemned as these can no longer be restored with its structural integrity broken.

What’s left of Nuestra Señora de la Luz Parish Church in Loon

Basac Elementary School also took a  huge shaking from the said earthquake which took down its auditorium and its older outdoor stage at the back. (photos below)

Basac’s auditorium & outdoor theater

Salvaged metal parts from the collapsed auditorium

In an effort to assist with the recovery of Loon, Basac Elementary School has been chosen to be one of the recipients of Colorsteel Family’s re-roofing projects. The two-classroom building is still being re-furbished from the inside. With torn down ceiling, walls and windows, these rooms are already usable for holding classes. (photos below)

Bangon Bohol!

Ceiling is still for completion

Damaged ceiling eaves


Turn-over Ceremony

A teacher rushes to help with the preparations for the turn-over ceremony

Students along with their parents have been invited to attend the roof turn-over ceremony facilitated by the school faculty, lead by Ma’am Rebecca Gabines and their PTA Pres. Victorino Malnegro.

The small crowd of Basac Elementary School

In their native tongue, Principal Rebecca speaks their gratitude towards Colorsteel Family

PTA President Victorino Malnegro also spoke for Basac Elementary School

Passing the certificate of endowment to the School Principal

Some gifts for the students

The people of Basac, together with Colorsteel Family

Roof for Education: Hilotongan Integrated School

Hilotongan Island sits only a few kilometers from the mainland of Bantayan. Its livelihood are primarily fishing and gathering seashells for food and other sea products to be traded at the ports of Bantayan and the surrounding towns.

Hilotongan Island, Bantayan Islands, Cebu (Map by Google)

A private vehicle from Mandaue City would take you to the ports of Daan Bantayan in more or less 2 hours. From there, you’ll have to catch a ferry trip to Santa Fe port, east-side of Bantayan Island. Then, you’ll need another mode of transport – a Tricycle or a Multi-cab can be hired to take you to San Marcelino port on the other side of the island.

From San Marcelino port, the only way to get to Hilotongan Island is to hire a pump-boat. The trip would take approximately an hour during high-tide. Shallow waters during low-tide provide accessibility problems to residents.

Hilotongan Island of Bantayan Islands, Far right (Map by Google)

During low-tide, the residents of Hilotongan who need to cross the waters can Swim-walk their way to Bantayan – an approximate distance of 8km from shore to shore. (see Photo above)

Hilotongan’s in-island school- Hilotongan Integrated school, along with many other schools in Central Visayas has been chosen to be one of the recipients of Colorsteel Family’s Adopt-a-School Program.

Colorsteel Family goods en-route

Colorsteel Staff arriving at San Marcelino Port

Calm: The port and the waters between Hilotongan and San Marcelino port

The only way to get any supplies to the island is by boat

Arriving at the island

Carts are used around the island to conveniently transport large objects

Basic necessities like food and fresh water are not local in the island. Drinking water has to be delivered from Bantayan every now and then by boat along with other supplies like rice, vegetables, and other food products.

A deep-well may not prove to be useful due to its closeness to the sea – making the water salty. Processing it for drinking takes too much effort. The area cannot sustain organic farming.

Despite the hard ways of living, the people of Hilotongan can still find their ways to live and ultimately survive everyday.

A boy helps his mother prepare food for the rest of the day

Hilotongan’s land in itself is owned by title by only a few families in the island. Majority of its residents are actually squatters coming from Bantayan and eventually allowed to stay by the families who owned the island.

Like any other place in the Philippines, basketball is one of their favorite recreational sport

A child petting his rooster

Conveniently, Hilotongan Island is surrounded by abundant waters that can provide them with some fresh catch of fish and seafood. For the residents, the sea is the only place to make a living.

freshly caught fish for lunch

“Binga” Shells lying just everywhere to illustrate the abundance of sea shells surrounding the island


Brigada Eskwela

Sun Beams greet Hilotongan Integrated School

Colorsteel Family visited Hilotongan Integrated School during the annual Brigada Eskwela  (Clean-up Drive) for the turn-over of roof donation for a two-classroom school building.

Parents and students participate to garden the school grounds

Younger children wait in groups while their parents facilitate the Brigada

Contractors sit to chat during their break.

Unlike the rest of Central Visayas, Hilotongan wasn’t directly affected by the fore mentioned calamities. But due to the island being isolated, it has become a recipient of Colorsteel Family’s Adopt-a-School program.

Coconut lumber framings have already been fixed to hold the donated roof (Photo above). Hilotongan still needs help with some construction supplies and man power to complete the school walls for it to be usable on or before the beginning of classes.

Aside from the new classrooms that are being constructed, temporary huts have been built at the back of the school grounds in preparation for the coming classes (Photo Below).

Newly Built huts to serve as Temporary classrooms

Names of other organizations that have been helping Hilotongan since the Storm

Binga, Bungkawil, and Anduhaw served with soy sauce and rice, what the School’s staff served

Parents and their children enjoy the shade while waiting for the program to start

The program starts with the National Anthem

Principal Jun Torre receives the Certificate of Endowment

People rounding up to receive gifts from Colorsteel Family

It was anticipated that only the participating parents with their child can receive the loot bags so Mr. Jun Torre allotted the gifts to them and have them line up while showing what they have brought to be used for the school’s Brigada Eskwela.

“Isaka ang mga Paraphernalia!” said Sir Jun Torre, having the participating parents show the tools they’ve brought to the Brigada Eskwela



Tindog Hilotongan!


Roof for Education: Colorsteel Reaches out to the Visayas


Treats for the kids

This year, Colorsteel kicks off its arm for Corporate Social Responsibility –the Colorsteel Family. Its goal is to reach out, and find ways to help with the endeavor of improving the Nation, its Commonwealth and its People.

In its first campaign, the key beneficiaries selected are schools affected by the super typhoon Haiyan and the recent 7.2MW earthquake that struck Bohol. Colorsteel Family dedicates a roofing structure to these calamity stricken schools for the purpose of preserving continuity of learning  and promotion of the importance of education to the children of Visayas. Thus, the campaign ROOF FOR EDUCATION.

Recipient Schools

  • Paypay Elementary School, Paypay, Daan Bantayan, Cebu
  • Hilotongan Elementary School, Hilotongan Island, Bantayan Island, Cebu
  • Basak Elementary School, Brgy. Basak, Loon, Bohol
  • Cogon Central School, Ormoc City, Leyte
  • San Fernando Central Elementary School, San Fernando, Tacloban City, Leyte