Leading audit, tax, advisory and outsourcing services firm Punongbayan & Araullo (P&A), through its corporate social responsibility arm, the P&A Foundation, helped build the P&A Foundation Learning Center for the students and faculty of Sta. Cruz Pambilog Elementary School, San Luis, Pampanga. The Learning Center was built in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of P&A and the 75th birthday of its founders, Ben Punongbayan and Joe Araullo. P&A chairman and chief executive Marivic Españo (front row, second left) led the inauguration ceremonies of the learning center.
Many areas in Central Luzon are prone to flooding during typhoon season.

In the wake of recent typhoons, a number of public elementary schools were completely submerged in floodwater and have yet to be rehabilitated. To help address the need for better facilities, over 60 P&A partners, managers, and staff members worked hand-in-hand with the community and the local government of San Luis, Pampanga in the construction of a school building in Sta. Cruz Pambilog Elementary School. The building construction was organized through the collaboration of P&A for a Cause (PAUSE), a community-outreach organization composed of P&A employees, and iTAYO NA, a community-initiated movement to rehabilitate the public schools in San Luis.

Fr. Fernando David blessed the newly constructed school building, christened the P&A Foundation Learning Center.

Españo was joined by P&A Foundation executive director, P&A Advisory Services Partner and People & Culture leader Mhycke Gallego (front row, left); PAUSE president Jahleel Burao (front row, right); San Luis Vice Mayor Leonardo Salas Jr. (second row, 2nd from left); iTAYO NA co-founder Gelo Apostol (second row, right); school teachers; and barangay officials.

(As published in Manila Standard Today, 8 May 2013. This press release also appeared in Headline Gitnang Luzon, 20 May 2013.)