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Aboitiz Foundation #BangonVisayas - Update No. 16

Teachers, students join Caltex in fight against TB

Pandacan’s Erda Tech faculty and Grade 8 students became the 2nd batch of certified trainors to complete the Caltex TB Awareness certification program. ERDA’s parent-teacher association members were its pioneer TB awareness advocates.


MANILA, Philippines. March 24, 2014 – Forty two teachers out of 48 and 27 out of 476 students from ERDA Technical and Vocational High School in Pandacan, Manila will soon be educating their own classmates, co-teachers, families, and neighbors through classroom talks, community seminars, and house visits as qualified trainers in tuberculosis (TB) awareness in their community. The volunteers were trained and certified as part of “Caltex Labanan ang TB para Tsuper Healthy.”  This multi-awarded TB awareness campaign created by Caltex marketer, Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), is designed to raise awareness and bust myths about TB in partnership with city health offices in Manila, Makati and Quezon City.

Manila City Health Office District 6 TB Coordinator Dr. Juliet C Recidoro trained the ERDA volunteers in prevention, early detection, and treatment about the disease. In turn, the trained ERDA volunteer teams will conduct in-school trainings and visit adjacent barangays into the next school year armed with Caltex anti-TB flyers, stickers and flip charts. ERDA is also looking for possible joint partnerships with other schools to form a network of anti-TB volunteers who will embark on a larger scale TB awareness drive to further reduce the number of TB cases in Pandacan.

ERDA Tech’s commitment to a TB-free advocacy is further reinforced by implementing a new policy of adding sputum tests as part of the school’s  medical screening for all on-the-job training students starting next school year.  Fifth year high school students will spend an average of 300 hours or 3 months in their respective workplaces. Mark Magsalin, High School Principal of ERDA Tech, said, “ERDA Tech values its reputation and relationship with various companies honing the skills and utilizing the service of our students. We realize that TB awareness should begin in us. And so we take full responsibility for our students by ensuring each one is TB free.”

“Like Chevron, we also value the members of the community. ERDA Tech’s three year involvement in this campaign has brought awareness to 662 persons which shows that we are serious in helping sustain the project’s momentum of creating further awareness and dispelling misconceptions about TB,” added Magsalin.

In partnership with select transport groups and the local government units of Makati, Manila and Quezon City, CPI pioneered the TB awareness campaign in 2009 to protect public transport workers (PTW) from this dreaded disease. The campaign has already reached more than 14,000 PTWs with help from 57 trainor-PTWs certified by CHOs.

About Chevron Philippines Inc.

Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years under its retail brand, Caltex, offering high quality products and services. There are close to 750 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at

Insular Foundation Holds Literacy Caravan in Palawan

On the project’s fourth year, Insular Foundation brought its Literacy Caravan at Puerto Princesa in Palawan.

Insular Foundation partnered with the Department of Education Region IV-B, through OIC Superintendent Elsa T. Barrios, to bring a free storytelling workshop for elementary level teachers, 100 storytelling sessions to 10 public elementary schools, and a book party for underprivileged school children. Leading Filipino publisher, Adarna House, also lent its support to the activity.

The workshop, facilitated by Adarna’s Jay Menes, aims to develop teacher’s storytelling skills to better engage students and inspire them to read. A total of 69 teachers participated in the activity.

The storytelling caravan, meanwhile, was held at 10 schools: Puerto Princesa Pilot Elementary School, East ES, West ES, Gregorio Oquendo ES, Mateo Jagmis ES, WesCom ES, San Pedro ES, Tiniguiban ES, Francisco Ubay MES, and Tagburos ES.  Adarna House storytellers  read 100 select Filipino children’s stories, including Insular Foundation’s Wishing Well, to grade school.  As tokens, the participants of the storytelling sessions, their advisers, and their school’s principal received their own copy of Insular’s storybooks, Wishing Well, Bisnesboy Minggoy, Christmas in February and Luckiest Girl in the World.

A book-themed Christmas party for 30 under-privileged students of Tagburos ES capped the caravan.

Aside from the activities, Insular Foundation turned over 500 copies of each Insular Foundation storybook, and assorted children’s books to DepEd Puerto Princesa.

Through the caravan, Insular Foundation hopes to improve students’ reading and financial literacies. / MDSantos

Insular Foundation Administrator Ana Maria R. Soriano hands over copies of the Insular Financial Literacy Storybooks series to Dr. Cyril C. Serador, DepEd OIC Assistant Superintendent, during the simple turnover ceremonies at DepEd Puerto Princesa. Witnessing the event are Grade 4 students of Puerto Princesa East Central School.

Kat Charcos-Puyo reads Susan dela Rosa Aragon’s When Color Came to Town to  Grade 1 students of East Central School, Puerto Princesa.

Storyteller Noy Bonanciar tells the story of Aleli Batnag’s Si Ching na Takot sa Dilim to Grade 3 WesCom Elementary School students.

Storyteller Noy Bonanciar and Grade 3 students of Tiniguiban Elementary School who received copies of Insular Foundation’s storybooks: Wishing Well, Christmas in February , and  Luckiest Girl in the World.

The Storytelling Team (from left):    Troy Lacsamana, Noy Bonanciar, Dyali Justo (Adarna storytellers); Yolanda V. Serag (DepEd Puerto Princesa Education Program Supervisor), Michelle Santos (Insular Foundation Literacy Caravan Project Lead), Dr. Loida Olavario (DepEd PSDS/ Division English Coordinator );  Kat Charcos-Puyo, and Jay Menes (Adarna House storytellers).

Jay Menes (center, 3rd row from front, in blue), facilitated a free storytelling workshop at the Puerto Princesa Pilot Elementary School as part of Insular Foundation’s Literacy Caravan. A total of 69 public elementary school teachers attended the one-day seminar.

Insular Foundation, as part of its Literacy Caravan, hosted a book-themed party for 30 select Tagburos Elementary School students. The students, aged 7 to 12 years, spent an afternoon of games and treats, all centered on books and love of reading. Each child received a loot bag containing assorted storybooks and an Adarna House stuffed doll of its character, Pilandok. Above, Jay Menes, the book party’s facilitator and Adarna House storyteller, reads the story of Ang Walong Baso ni Kuya Paquito to rapt participants. The book was written by Annie Pacaña-Lumbao and illustrated by Ray Nazarene Sunga. Aside from the book party, the Literacy Caravan also included a Storytelling Caravan to 10 schools, book donation, and a one-day free Storytelling Workshop, all held at Puerto Princesa.   / Photo by Ergoe Tinio

Bangkabuhayan Project

From L-R: AMY Foundation Executive Director/Project Coordinator Ms. Alice Rodil, PBB Chairman Francis Lee, KAISA current President Ms. Angela Yu, Founding President Ms. Teresita Ang-See and Vice President Ms. Anabel Chua-Lim.

Philippine Business Bank, through its CSR arm AMY Foundation, recently turned over a donation amounting to Php250,000 to the Bangkabuhayan Project of KAISA para sa Kaunlaran Inc. through its Tsinoys in Nation Building Consortium as part of its continuous effort to help in the recovery of the Typhoon Yolanda victims.

Present during the ceremonial turnover of the donation were PBB Chairman Francis Lee, AMY Foundation Executive Director/Project Coordinator Ms. Alice Rodil, KAISA Founding President Ms. Teresita Ang-See, current President Ms. Angela Yu and Vice President Ms. Anabel Chua-Lim. The affair was held on December 17, 2013 at the PBB Penthouse.

Bangkabuhayan Project is part of the concentrated relief effort being organized by KAISA for the three (3) Iloilo Fishing Communities namely Concepcion, Estancia and Ajuy which were completely wiped out by the Typhoon Yolanda.


AMY Foundation is one of the active members of KAISA.

Volunteers in Action

In response to the recent calamity, Philippine Business Bank cancelled its bankwide 2013 Christmas Party in empathy to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. The Bank Management decided that part of the budget intended for the said salary will be donated for the Yolanda Victims.

On December 14, 2013, said plan was put into reality. Volunteerism spirit spread in the air when the volunteer-employees of Philippine Business Bank and AMY Foundation gathered at the open grounds of the Northern Rizal Yorklin School in Caloocan. A total of 1,000 pails containing blankets, mosquito nets, bath towels and dinnerware sets were packed by more than 200 volunteers. These items will be sent out to Tacloban City for distribution to the affected families of Typhoon Yolanda within the area.

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