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A Thousand Stories of Joy: Mondelez Philippines Concludes Year 2 of Joy Schools Program


Her name is Ranzelle Ann Sombrero and this is her story of joy. Ranzelle, residing in Tacloban was one of the hundreds of thousands of children greatly affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Perhaps due to the trauma she experienced or perhaps this was how life was for her but Ranzelle was a quiet girl, hardly participating in school activities and always absent due to various illnesses. Thankfully there was someone looking out for her, someone who thought she deserved to experience joy in her young life.

That someone was her Teacher Villa P. Nacilla of Panalaron Central Elementary School in Tacloban. In June 2014 the school became one of the adopted Joy Schools of Mondelez Philippines. Seeing Ranzelle’s undernourished condition, Teacher Nacilla made sure that Ranzelle would be part of Mondelez Philippines’ daily feeding through the Joy Schools program.

“Wala po kasi akong makain minsan sa bahay dahil hindi nakakapaghanda si Lola. Ang nanay ko naman po nasa Maynila. Hindi ko po alam kung nasaan si Tatay,” goes Ranzelle’s story.

Turns out, those daily meals helped do wonders for Ranzelle. The daily rice, viand, fruit and snack she received for nine months helped make up for what she lacked at home. Ranzelle began to be active in class, always reciting, always raising her hand to answer teachers’ questions. Coming to school was exciting; not only because of the full meal she would receive but because of the energy she now had to learn and develop.

Ranzelle’s story is also the subject of a short movie available on Mondelez Philippines’ website. It shows how Ranzelle developed from a shy and withdrawn child to one who participates in class, through the help of a 9-month daily lunch feeding provided by Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools program.

In March of this year, Ranzelle not only passed the 4th Grade, she also achieved the 1st Honor rank in her class. Her nutrition has improved and she now even enjoys her school’s playground. Ranzelle is living proof of how with a little joy, great things can happen for the future leaders of the country.


Bringing Joy, Creating the Future. Launched in 2013 during Mondelez Philippines’ 50th year in the country, the Joy Schools program aims to help create joyful centers of learning through interventions for nutrition, teacher training and facilities improvement. Unique in its own right, the Joy Schools aims to help turn sadness into joy for three of the most pressing problems of public elementary schools today.

Now celebrating its 52nd anniversary, the Company formerly named Kraft Foods has seen more than a thousand stories of joy created through the help of its 9-month daily feeding program for undernourished students, urban gardening seminar for schools and parents, teacher values formation and skills training, and facilities improvement to create a conducive and joyful learning environment. All these the Company was able to achieve through the support of its partner, the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).

The Results of Joy. In March of this year, 85% of its 1,064 feeding beneficiaries achieved normal nutritional status, from being undernourished. Feeding programs are great motivators for attendance as such 90% of these students became present everyday during the last school year. Furthermore, their constant attendance ensured they achieved and maintained above passing grades for the whole year.

It wasn’t just the students who experienced joy either. Teachers received exclusive training from the Ateneo Center for Educational Development and the Learning Library. Parents received training from East West Seed Foundation and supplies to start their own gardens and grow their own vegetables. Also, schools received books and sports and play equipment for their students’ enjoyment. Truly, joy was felt by everyone.

Joy You can Take with You, Always. Lady Ryzza Sanchez, now a Grade 3 student of Joy School Padre Zamora Elementary in Pasay has her own story of joy. Her story starts with as much sadness for Ryzza was a concern for her teachers for being noisy, disruptive and talkative in class. Teachers’ patience was tested, including that of Teacher Lailane B. Atregenio.

“Ryzza, bakit ka hindi nakikinig sa klase?” was Teacher Atregenio’s question.

“Teacher, hindi po ako marunong magbasa.”

The story of Ryzza was made the subject of a short movie available on Mondelez Philippines’ website. This video depicts how Ryzza was instructed by Teacher Atregenio to read with the help of a Remedial Reading seminar she attended, made possible by Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools program.

These were the five words in Ryzza’s story that would help result to great joy in her life. It was through the learning from the Remedial Reading seminar Teacher Atregenio attended and the help of the new remedial reading corner, both provided by Mondelez Philippines that Ryzza began to learn to read. Excited, Ryzza would read even at night, memorizing the words and letters she copied that day in her notebook. She started with words, and eventually moved to books like her favorite “Si Daginding.”

As Ryzza began to read, she also began to gain self-confidence. Now a transformed book lover, Ryzza isn’t part of the remedial reading class anymore but she drops by from time to time to learn some more and create more joy for herself.

The stories of Ranzelle and Ryzza tell us that joy cannot be donated or given. It is created together, through partnership and concern for each other.

“Two years into our Joy Schools program we have seen that the true joy comes from the passion and dedication of our partners, teachers, principals and parents,” shares Maria Cindy C. Lim, Head of Corporate Affairs of Mondelez Philippines. “Together, we are able to help the students create joy for themselves, to write and weave these stories of joy that hopefully they will remember forever. We’ve helped create more than a thousand stories so far, and we’re eager to help write a thousand more as we continue our program this year.”

For more information on the Joy Schools program, visit and watch the stories of Ryzza and Ranzelle. Mondelez Philippines is celebrating 52 years in the Philippines.

BSU CHET receives new equipment from PGFI

L-R: BSU Supply Office representative Mr. Ricky Poliden, Mr. Buenconsejo, BSU VP Administration Dr. Estrellita Daclan, Dean Belino, and Mr. Umayat.

The College of Home Economics and Technology of Benguet State University received a grant from Philex Group Foundation in the form of laboratory equipment.

“We really needed the equipment since we are introducing this school year a new course in our College. We are thankful that Philex was able to provide these to us,” says Dr. Pelin Belino, CHET dean.

The Foundation had turned over a refractometer, vacuum sealer, and digital thermometer. “The salinity refractometer would especially help in upgrading our facilities in the laboratory since it is one of the required equipment for BS Nutrition and Dietetics by CHED,” adds CHET Extension Officer Lesley Dale Umayat. The equipment will also help BSU CHET accomplish their accreditation for level IV with the Commission on Higher Education, as well as upgrade their laboratory output on food processing, food-related researches and subjects, and provide an opportunity for the students to experience how to operate such tools.

This grant marks one year since PGFI began its partnership with BSU, wherein they implemented a meat processing training program for its partner-communities.

In the beginning of 2014, the Foundation and BSU signed a partnership for CHET to provide the technical resource in the conceptualization, implementation, and launch of the Meat Processing Training Program for Operator-Trainers and the Home-Based Meat Processing Training Program. The former produced the 15 present employees of the Foundation’s social enterprise: Px Community Foods and Marketing, Inc., while the latter is the training program that the operator-trainers now teach to other community members. To date, they have taught about 60 residents of Barangay Camp 3 in the Municipality of Tuba, Benguet.

Due also to the training that BSU CHET provided to the PxCFMI operator-trainers, their responsibilities have now expanded to include operations of the PxCFMI coffee roasting facility, and also handle the local marketing of the company’s coffee, processed meat, and organic vegetable products.

“We are very happy with our partnership with BSU. With their technical expertise, our PxCFMI operator-trainers have gained skills beyond processing meat and we have been able to also entrust with them the operations of our other processing centers, like the coffee roasting facility,” comments PGFI executive director, Mr. Paul Buenconsejo, about the PGFI-BSU partnership.

Aboitiz invests P437M in PH public education

More than 60,000 students across the nation are now benefitting from the Aboitiz Group’s education-related initiatives last year, amounting to P437 million or about 72% of its total corporate social responsibility (CSR) budget allocation.

Of its P610 million CSR spending in 2014, 21% or P129 million was directed to health-related and other corporate donations; 5% or P30 million in enterprise development programs, and the remaining 2% or P15 million for environmental initiatives.

This has been the largest amount the Group has allocated so far, up by 26% from P483 million CSR budget in 2013.

“In our focus area of education, our goal is to achieve universal public education by continuing to establish and develop Aboitiz BetterWorld schools that promise a better learning environment,” said Aboitiz Group CEO and President Erramon Aboitiz.

In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Group, led by its social development arm Aboitiz Foundation, intensified the development of special science elementary schools (SSES) and technical-vocational (TechVoc) high schools to heed the government’s call for science-based skills specialization among and bring alternative learning to young students.

Apart from the construction of 27 more classrooms in Ilocos Sur, Laguna, Albay, and Cebu for SSES and TechVoc high schools, the Foundation will continue funding teachers’ training for Technical Education Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) NCII certification.

In 2014, the Aboitiz Group allocated budget for the construction of 185 new classrooms to help address the issue of overcrowding and lack of classrooms in public schools nationwide. In the last 26 years, it has donated more than 800 classrooms.

The Foundation reported turning over 23 regular classrooms in 9 schools in Benguet, Cebu, and Davao del Sur last year. It also turned over 42 additional Silid Pangarap kindergarten classrooms in partnership with the Aklat , Gabay, Aruga tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) Foundation, which it has been supporting in the last four years.

Majority of the Foundation’s infrastructure building projects last year was focused on the Post-Yolanda Schools Rehabilitation Program where it surpassed its commitment to build or rehabilitate 200 classrooms. Early this year, the Foundation completed physical turnover of 272 classrooms to Northern Cebu schools devastated by the super typhoon.

“We strongly believe it is through education that we can create the greatest impact,” Aboitiz noted.

Since its inception, the Foundation has supported 26,540 scholars and donated 1,670 stand-alone computers and 979 thin-client units to various schools nationwide.

Established in 1988, the Aboitiz Foundation continues to pursue its mission to help people help themselves, implementing corporate social responsibility interventions especially in communities where Aboitiz companies operate. The foundation focuses its efforts on education, enterprise development, and environment but also carries out projects on health and well-being, as well as disaster preparedness and response. #

Aboitiz is biggest contributor to PH public education – DepEd

COMMITTED TO EDUCATION. Aboitiz Group believes that a better learning environment helps the youth realize their dreams. Aboitiz Foundation chairman Erramon Aboitiz (2nd from left) reaffirms its support to DepEd’s ‘Adopt-a-School’ program as it signs MOU with Secretary Armin Luistro (3rd from left). Also present were Aboitiz Foundation President Susan Valdez and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio.


The Department of Education (DepEd) has lauded Aboitiz Group for being its biggest contributor and a long-standing partner in the bid to uplift the state of the country’s public education system.

Speaking in front of around 330 Aboitiz scholars and their parents, teachers, principals, and representatives from the education sector, local, and government units at the ‘Interventions in Education’ held last Friday, July 24 at The Tent in Enderun Colleges in Taguig City, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said Aboitiz is one of the first [partners] to show consistency in its commitment to education.

“Aboitiz is a partner in almost anything that the education sector needs. I have never seen an organization extending support from kindergarten all the way to college, and even beyond [graduating] college,” Luistro said, encouraging the scholars to make the most out of this opportunity, study hard, and follow their dreams.

Aboitiz, through its social development arm, Aboitiz Foundation renewed its commitment and formally presented all its education-related projects, including initiatives from its 27 business units.

Last year, the Group spent P437 million or 72% of its total corporate social responsibility budget allocation – the biggest so far – to help realize its goal of achieving universal public education by establishing “BetterWorld” schools that promise better learning environment.

“Our strong commitment to education resonates in our commitment to help make all Filipino children lifelong learners through our Education for a BetterWorld campaign. We firmly believe that education is where we can make the greatest impact and we continue to advance our efforts to help improve it in our country. Over half of our group-wide CSR budget is allocated for education-related programs,” stressed Aboitiz Foundation chairman Erramon Aboitiz.

In partnership with DepEd, the Group continuously intensifies the development of special science elementary schools (SSES) and technical-vocational (TechVoc) high schools, constructs Silid Pangarap kindergarten schools in collaboration with the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) Foundation, repairs and constructs regular classrooms, facilitates teacher skills trainings, and grants scholarships and financial assistance to deserving students.

Aboitiz congratulated 39 of the company’s college scholars who graduated this year, 23 of whom are with Latin honors. In the last 27 years, more than 27,000 students have benefitted from its scholarship and financial program.

Established in 1988, the Aboitiz Foundation continues to pursue its mission to help people help themselves, implementing corporate social responsibility interventions especially in communities where Aboitiz companies operate. The foundation focuses its efforts on education, enterprise development, and environment but also carries out projects on health and well-being, as well as disaster preparedness and response.

Petron inaugurates 81st School, continues to fuel hope for Tacloban

FUELING HOPE. Tacloban City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez (seated, 3rd from left) and Petron Corporate Affairs AVP & Petron Foundation General Manager Charmaine Canillas V. Canillas (seated, 2nd from left) lead the turnover of the 81st Petron School at Anibong Elementary School in Tacloban City, together with San Miguel Foundation Executive Director and PFI Trustee Camille B. Buenaventura (standing, extreme right)

Petron welcomed hundreds of school children to their new classrooms when it inaugurated the Petron School in Tacloban City on July 15. This brings the total number of Petron Schools to 81 and classrooms to over 160 nationwide.

Since 2002, the company has been building Petron Schools to support the Department of Education’s Adopt-A-School Program and contribute much needed venues for education in overcrowded public schools in the country or those that have been severely damaged by major calamities. Over 10,000 students are benefitting from these Petron schools.

The 81st Petron School adds two new classrooms in Anibong Elementary School in Tacloban City’s Barangay 68. The typhoon-resilient facility comes complete with chairs and tables for students and teachers, ceiling fans, and a restroom per classroom.

Tacloban City officials, led by Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, were joined in the simple inauguration ceremony by Elementary School Principal Josefina Tanpiengco, High School Principal Teresita Amistoso, Barangay 68 Chair Ma. Rosario Bactol, and Barangay 69 Chair Noel Tabao.

“Petron continues to reaffirm its commitment to nation building, especially in areas where we have a major presence,” said Petron AVP for Corporate Affairs and Petron Foundation General Manager Charmaine V. Canillas. “We have been a part of Tacloban, and our sense of community deepened in the aftermath of one of the country’s worst calamities. Beyond the relief efforts, we hope that our programs such as the Petron School will help the city not only rise from the tragedy but fully develop and progress.”


The Petron School in Tacloban complements the two-classroom AGAPP Silid Pangarap pre-school in Judge Antonio Montilla Sr. Elementary School also in Tacloban City that was turned over in February. Also as part of its support for the city’s sustainability, the Petron Tacloban Depot adopted a watershed in Barangay 69 and planted an initial batch of 7,500 mangroves. This aims to help protect the community from the impact of tidal waves, storm surges, or even tsunamis.

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