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TESDA-Aboitiz Scholarship program boasts 74% employment success rate in 2018

TAGUIG CITY ー Around 74% of technical-vocational students who were granted certification after availing of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Aboitiz Scholarship Program have successfully gained employment this year.

TESDA-NCR Regional Director Conrado Bares reported that out of the 100 trainees who enrolled in the program in 2018, 93 have graduated and secured NC-II certification. Of the 93, 74% gained immediate employment.

Of the offered courses, TESDA reported a 100% employment rate for bartending, food and beverage services, and plumbing while 50% and 40% respectively for housekeeping, and food processing.

“I wish that we will be able to sustain the partnership so that we will be able to reach more trainees, especially the least, the less, and the lost,” he said during the turnover of PHP1 million-worth of check from the Aboitiz Foundation in Taguig City last December 18 for the sustained implementation of the scholarship program.

The program commenced in 2016 where a memorandum of agreement was signed for a grant of PHP1 million to help the marginalized trainees who were enrolled in various courses at the TESDA Women’s Center.

The grant is used to cover costs of trainees’ medical examination, assessment fees accident insurance, ID, uniform, personal protective equipment, and training supplies and materials.

Aboitiz Foundation First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Maribeth Marasigan said the gift of education is probably the best gift that Aboitiz can give this Christmas. “Sa tulong po ng TESDA, sa pagtitiwala na binibigay ninyo sa amin (With the help of TESDA and the trust that you have been giving us), these scholars are given the chance to shine their brightest and help drive change for a better world,” she stressed.

Marasigan also reminded the scholars to stay focused and strong, yet humble and generous: “There will be tough times… sometimes you would want to give up. But just remember the line ‘Kayang-kaya ko ito!,’ remember [that] many people are cheering for you and would really work their hardest to help you.”

The Groupwide Aboitiz Technical-Vocational program offers an alternative solution to help high school students who do not have the means to pursue a college education. Since 2005, Aboitiz Foundation has assisted 2,787 trainees under this program with 2,697 graduates.

TESDA-ABOITIZ SCHOLARSHIP GAINS. The TESDA-Aboitiz Scholarship program has achieved significant success, with TESDA-NCR Regional Director Conrado Bares reporting that out of the 100 trainees who enrolled in the program in 2018, 93 have graduated and secured NC-II certification. Of the 93, 74% gained immediate employment.


Smile Train and Medicard Continue to Give More Smiles


LCF Members, Smile Train Philippines and Medicard Foundation have been partners in giving children born with clefts new smiles and second chances at life.  Last year, children who received surgery at Medicard’s clinic in Makati gathered for an early Christmas celebration along with other Smile Train patients.  AOF’s Russel Barrizo also joined the celebration.  Through the partnership with Smile Train, Medicard has provided 500+ forever smiles over the past 10 years.

Philam Foundation Kicks Off 2019 with Philam Paaralan Classrooms Turnover Ceremonies


At the start of the a new year , Philam Foundation, Inc. (PFI) turned over eight (8) classrooms in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro and Tanay, Rizal.

The two (2) one-storey two-classroom buildings were inaugurated respectively in Occidental Mindoro National High School – Talabaan Ext., Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro and Wawa Elementary School, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro last January 8 and 9, 2019. There are five (5) classrooms to turnover this 1st Quarter, which are located in Aurora Sevilla Sotto Libtangin Elem. School, Gasan, Marinduque and Butig National High School, Butig, Lanao del Sur, . These Philam Paaralan classroom construction projects are in partnership with AY Foundation  under the Yuchengco  Group of Companies, which share the same belief that education is one of the foundations for a  nation building.

Meanwhile, last January 10, 2019, Philam Foundation, Inc. (PFI) turned over two (2) one-storey two-classroom buildings in Madilay-dilay Elementary School and Sampaloc National High School-Madilay-dilay Annex, Tanay Rizal last January 10, 2019.

The classroom construction in elementary school is in partnership with Rotary Club of San Juan headed by its President, Mr. Reyson Lucido, who is also a Philam Life Agency Manager.

After the turnover ceremony, financial advisors from Lucido Associates conducted Philam Savings and Values Education Sessions  (Philam SAVES) Jr. & Sr. to children, parents and teachers of the school.

Philam Foundation continues to provide quality and fully-furbished classrooms to our public schools nationwide with the help and support of our partner organizations and individuals.

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Security Bank Foundation trains 301 Math and Science teachers nationwide


Security Bank Foundation, in partnership with the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED), conducted a three-day teachers’ training focused on strategies and tools in teaching Mathematics and Science subjects in Quezon City, Cebu City and Davao City.  The annual teachers’ training program was a major component of Security Bank Foundation’s “Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project”.  The training was attended by 301 Elementary, Junior High School and Senior High School teachers from the Foundation’s beneficiary schools nationwide.

The training introduced different teaching strategies that will help the teachers engage the learners and encourage their active participation in class.  Mentors from ACED shared various teaching approaches such as the experiential approach where students learn by reflecting on the activity that they are doing, the discovery approach where the learners try to solve problems by drawing on past experiences and existing knowledge to discover new learnings, and the inquiry approach where learners are challenged to ask questions in order to enrich learning.

The training emphasized the need to make learning collaborative, fun and interactive.  Mentors introduced digital learning applications that teachers can customize to test students on their understanding of the lessons through gameplay.  They also provided online resources where teachers can download videos and other visual materials for presentation in class.

Teachers were asked to do Science experiments to highlight the importance of hands-on activities in sparking students’ interest, curiosity and critical thinking.  Visualization was introduced as a tool in teaching Mathematics where students see first the concept before solving mathematical abstracts.  The training was filled with simulations of different kinds of group activities that encourage creativity, collaboration and communication among students.

The teachers also attended a financial wellness learning session conducted by Elsa De Gracia, Security Bank Wellness Coach, where they learned about managing their finances and growing their funds through investments.

Since 2014, Security Bank Foundation has trained 1,003 teachers in Araling Panlipunan, English, Mathematics and Science teaching strategies.


Here are testimonials from some of the teachers who participated in the training:

“The training gave me ideas on how to enhance my teaching with the use of technology –

applications that can make learning exciting and interesting.”

- Jovy Jane Casiple, Junior High School Science Teacher of Emiliano Lizares National High School (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)


“The training challenged me as a teacher to do the best that I can for my students to like and love mathematics.”

- Marilyn Bucog, Junior High School Mathematics Teacher of Jagobiao National High School (Mandaue City, Cebu)


“The training made us realize that there are a lot of techniques on how the teaching and learning process can be made enjoyable and motivating for students to ensure productive learning.  Now is the right time to start re-exploring.”

- Angelina Besa, Junior High School Science Teacher of Leyte National High School (Tacloban City, Leyte)


“Learners must have experiential learning from the very beginning of the class.  That way, they will enjoy learning.”

- Brian Baluca, Elementary Science Teacher of Tagbilaran City Central Elementary School (Tagbilaran City, Bohol)


“The training opened my mind that Science should not only be taught because of the content itself. It should be taught for the learners to discover things.  Teachers should deal more on how the learners will uphold the lesson and use it in the future.”

- Wilson Panes, Jr. Elementary Science Teacher of Inzo Arnaldo Village Integrated School (Roxas City, Capiz)


“To be honest, if the strategies I have learned from this seminar were already introduced during my elementary days, I know that I would have been very participative, excited and enthusiastic. As a teacher, I will let my pupils experience what I had experienced from this seminar.”

- Rolando Fuego, Elementary Science Teacher of Cugman Elementary School (Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental)


“The teachers’ training made us realize the importance of engaging learners in learning subjects such as physics, chemistry and research.  These subjects sure are tough but one can make them exciting and interactive for our learners through varied learning activities.”

- Rowell Tuquib, Senior High School Science Teacher of Banisil National High School (General Santos City, South Cotabato)


PhP 10 Million worth of donation to honor Dr. George S.K. Ty’s generosity and memory go to charities

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president Aniceto Sobrepeña (2nd from right) and MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. (rightmost) led the turnover of the first tranche of donations to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) represented by its president Butch Meily (2nd from left) and executive director Veronica Gabaldon (leftmost). PDRF is one of the chosen charities in memory of the late Metrobank founder Dr. George S.K. Ty.



The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) announces that a total of PhP 7 million was raised from a number of individuals and groups who voluntarily contributed to chosen charities in memory of Metrobank founder Dr. George S.K. Ty. The amount will be donated to CBCP Caritas Filipinas Foundation, Philippine Red Cross, and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) as previously announced.


In a recent turnover, Butch Meily, PDRF president, received the first tranche of the donations from MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.

GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), the Ty family foundation, added PhP 3 million pesos and designated two more organizations to be the recipients¾the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc.  (FFCCCII) for its school building program and the Tzu Chi Foundation.

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