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Another SM schoolhouse for Baguio City

In photo are (from left) Marc Janssen Pe, asst. mall manager, SM City Baguio; Eleanor Lansang, project officer, SMFI; Amy Gonzales, mall manager, SM City Baguio; Baguio City Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr.; Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Ellen Donato; Rachele Bugtong Ed. D., Principal IV, Pines City National High School (Main); and Edward Vicente, Teacher-In-Charge, Pines City National High School (Pinsao Annex) with the faculty and students of Pines City National High School (Pinsao Annex). At right is the SM Blue Schoolhouse.

MANILA, Philippines - SM Foundation, Inc. recently turned over a one-story two-classroom schoolbuilding and books to the Pines City National High School Pinsao Annex in Baguio City. It is the 25th schoolbuilding donated by SM Foundation.

The Pines City National High School Pinsao Annex used to be an extension campus of Pines City National High School Bonifacio Annex. By 1994, the Pines City National High School Pinsao Annex became a complete secondary education school. The students are residents of the barangay that houses the school.

At present, Pinsao Annex has a student population of 522 consisting of 12 sections from first year to fourth year. However, due to classroom shortage, the three sections of senior high school classes was reduced into two with each section having more than the ideal number of students. Despite this, students from Pinsao Annex have been performing well academically. It has consistently topped the National Achievement Test for four years in the school level, beating students from the Pines City National High School main campus and the other annexes. Last year, students from Pinsao Annex ranked first in the entire division of Baguio City in the DepEd-administered test.

The new schoolhouse like other SM schoolhouses is provided with complete classroom facilities including blackboards, desks, teaching aids and fitted with complete toilet facilities. While construction of the school buildings are undertaken by SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the task of maintaining and handing these over to DepEd is a function of SM Foundation.

The schoolbuilding donated to Pinsao Annex is the second of its kind to be given by SM Foundation to the city of Baguio this year. Prior to this, the Foundation had turned over a schoolbuilding to the Irisan National High School.

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