Iligan students get free bread, new classrooms from Pilmico

Pilmico Foods Corporation, the food manufacturing arm of the Aboitiz Group, donated bread snacks and classrooms to students in Iligan City as part of its commitment to help improve students’ educational performance in the city.

In June, Pilmico kicked off its Kutitap Feeding Program, sharing various chocolate, corn, cheese, Spanish, pineapple, and buko breads with 2,436 students at Echavez Elementary School, Bagong Silang Elementary School, Cabili Village Elementary School, and Tomas Cabili National High School-Sta. Elena Annex.

The Kutitap Feeding Program—which supports an Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. CSR pillar, Primary Health and Child Care—consists of the distribution of nutritious and energy-rich Pilmico breads during the snack times of kindergarten and Grade 1 students, thrice weekly for 45 weeks.

This activity promotes education and envisions alleviating short-term hunger minimizing malnutrition, boosting school enrolment and participation, reducing absenteeism and improving academic performance.

Moreover, the feeding program also unites communities in the common purpose of providing meals for children with Pilmico partnering with local bakeries and dealers Frosty Bites, Shandy's Bakeshop and Cherrybelle's Bakeshop, which bake the distributed breads and in the process are also able to grow their respective businesses.

Meanwhile, In a bid to broaden its bread distribution, Pilmico last July 1 tapped Leyson Bakeship and D’Bauin Bakery to distribute more breads to additional beneficiary schools: Northeast II-A Central School, Kiwalan Elementary School, Northeast 1A Central School, Luinab Elementary School. In addition, Pilmico opened last June 5.

Buildings 1 and 2 of the Sta. Elena school project for the use of public kindergarten and high school students inside the Bayanihan ng Bayan sa Iligan Village in Barangay Sta. Elena, Iligan City, also as part of the company’s CSR efforts.

A typical Sta. Elena school building is four storeys high and contains six classrooms.

The four-building Sta. Elena school project, considered Pilmico’s single biggest corporate social responsibility initiative at P25.09 million, was initiated after Typhoon Sendong in late 2011 damaged several schools in the area, forcing students to travel far to study in crowded classrooms.

Today, classrooms at the Sta. Elena school project already have built-in blackboards, chairs, restrooms, and other furnishings.