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Batch Two of Superintendents’ Leadership Program, Formally Launched

The opening ceremony and gala dinner for the launch of the Superintendents’ Leadership Program (SLP) last August 14 at the Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo offered a perfect opportunity to acclaim the superintendents’ achievements and appreciate the commitment of the organizations behind the program in raising the standards of education in the country.

The organizations that continuously strive to train education leaders to achieve excellence are Department of Education (DepEd), De La Salle University (DLSU), Australian Aid (AusAid), Lopez Group Foundation Inc. (LGFI), and Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI).

Ms. Rina Lopez Bautista, President and Executive Director of KCFI welcomed the guests into their “family’s home”, the Eugenio Lopez Training Center. “We also welcome you to continue the journey with us as we strive to provide our children and all other learners, an education that will not only be relevant in an increasingly borderless world but an education that is thoughtful, soulful and timeless”, she said.

The Batch Two superintendents-participants offered their rendition of Tyler Collins’ ‘Thanks to You’ to the men and women who organized and funded the SLP. Together with heads of DepEd, DLSU, AusAid, Lopez Group of Companies, KCFI, and regional leaders, the participants signed in the commitment wall to signify their pledge to be “a 21st century leader, catalyzing and inspiring transformation in Philippine education”.

In his inspirational message, Dr. Oscar M. Lopez recognized the very important positions that the participants hold. He said, “We believe, as Bro. Armin believes, that you are the change agents who will guide and inspire this program to success, much like exceptional chief executive officers who guide large conglomerates… You are the division chief executives. People look to you for direction. People look to you for leadership”.

DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro formally closed the program with a brief message. He left these moving words to the participants and guests: “We did not want to start a program that will only cover a handful. It has to be every single one of us in the field, on the same page… And as you begin your journey, you have to be ready to also die. To die to the old self and believe that there is a resurrection. We are not looking for saints; we are looking for heroes to admit their mistakes and are willing to learn again. Tonight we start that long journey.”

Br. Ricky Laguda, President and Chancellor of DLSU and Ms. Elaine Ward, Counselor of AusAid, also expressed their support through a speech. “This leadership program will let you perform miracles and touch the hearts of many. You will not only start a revolution but you will also perform miracles,” said Bro. Ricky Laguda. Ms. Ward expressed how proud Australia is to be a part of the SLP. “We are honored to join this awesome campaign. Australia welcomed this opportunity to be able to support this program because it responds to promoting and ensuring sustainability of educational transformation,” Ward said.

Regional leaders from all over the country also attended the event. Before-dinner entertainment was provided by singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon. The masters of the ceremony were Epy Quizon and Ms. Marilou Tioseco, Senior Manager for Resource Mobilization of KCFI.

SLP is designed to assist education leaders in adapting to major changes in the landscape of Philippine education especially with the advent of K-12, learner-centered learning, school-based management and 21st century education imperatives. The participants earn a doctorate degree from De La Salle University upon finishing the program.


THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MADE SUPERINTENDENTS’ LEADERSHIP PROGRAM POSSIBLE. (R-L) President and Chancellor of DLSU Bro. Ricky Laguda; President of KCFI Ms. Rina Lopez Bautista; Chairman Emeritus of Lopez Group of Companies Mr. Oscar Lopez; DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro; DepEd Undersecretary Lino Rivera; and AusAid Counselor Ms. Elaine Ward.

Officers and staff of K Channel with Lopez Group Chairman Emeritus Mr. Oscar M. Lopez and his wife Mrs. Connie Lopez, K Channel President Ms. Rina Lopez Bautista, AusAis Counselor Ms. Elaine Ward, DepEd Undersecretary for Operations Mr. Lino Rivera, DLSU President Bro. Ricky Laguda, and DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro.

Water for Upland Communities

Aligned with The Coca-Cola Company’s goal to safely return to nature and to communities an amount of water equal to what is used in the Company’s finished beverages and their production, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines launched the Agos Ram Pump Project in partnership with Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc.  (EDNPI) and the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc.  (AIDFI) in November 2011.

According to the Philippines Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Progress Report in 2010, one in every five persons in impoverished areas in the country still does not have access to safe water. Most of these areas are situated in remote small islands, upland communities, and war-torn villages.

Kids from Brgy. Colonsabac, Matanao, Davao del Sur enjoys the water flowing from one of the tap stands installed in their community.

The Agos Ram Pump Project brings water to upland communities using the hydraulic ram pump which pushes the water up from the water source without the use of electricity or fossil fuel. The ram pump was designed 200 years ago but many installations have not been successful due to design and maintenance issues. The system was revived and perfected by AIDFI, recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2011. The AIDFI ram pumps use inexpensive and locally-available options for moving parts that need regular replacement, and highlight the importance of regular maintenance of the water system.

The goal of the project is to install ram pump systems in 100 poor communities, a commitment made during the centennial celebration of Coca-Cola in the Philippines in 2012. The ram pumps provide a reliable and accessible source of water to the communities, thereby improving sanitation and health of family members. The ram pump systems also allow community members to use valuable time and effort previously spent on fetching water from distant sources, on caring for the family and livelihood activities (for the women), and study and play (for the children).

Aside from providing water to communities, the Agos Ram Pump Project through EDNPI also conducts activities such as community preparation and organization of community water association, and solid waste management, which becomes a source of livelihood for community members. The project also includes training of at least two ram pump technicians from the community who will be responsible in maintaining the usability of the ram pumps.

To date, the Agos Ram Pump Project has already reached out to over 31,000 direct beneficiaries from 41 communities nationwide. Below is the complete list of Agos sites:


1. Bokong Waterfalls, Patay, Sagada, Mountain Province

2. Brgy. Suyo, Sagada, Mountain Province

3. Brgy. Uli, Dasol, Pangasinan

4. Brgy. Binaritan, Morong, Bataan

5. Brgy. Bono-Bono, Bataraza, Palawan

6. Brgy. Iraan, Rizal, Palawan

7. Brgy. Banawang, Bagac, Bataan

8. Brgy. Mascap, Rodriguez, Rizal (Sitio Lower Macopoy)

9. Brgy. Sta. Maria, Gonzaga, Cagayan Valley


1. Brgy. Montilla, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental

2. Brgy. Banderahan, Valencia, Bohol

3. Brgy. Kalo, San Jose, Negros Oriental

4. Brgy. Libtong Gamay, Naval, Biliran

5. Brgy. Captain Ramon, Silay City, Negros Occidental

6. Brgy. Pasanan, Inabanga, Bohol

7. Brgy. Pandanon, Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental

8. Brgy. Cambuyo, Garcia–Hernandez, Bohol

9. Brgy. Larrazabal, Naval, Biliran

10. Brgy. Malalay, Ronda, Cebu

11. Brgy. Kanghalo, Dumanjug, Cebu

12. Brgy. Maquiling, Sagay City, Negros Occidental

13. Brgy. Buenavista, Murcia, Negros Occidental

14. Brgy. Prosperidad, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

15. Brgy. Camingawan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental

16. Brgy. Guimbala-on, Silay City, Negros Occidental

17. Brgy. Obat, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental

18. Brgy. Canmanico-Anas, Valencia, Bohol

19. Brgy. Katipunan, Sagbayan, Bohol

20. Brgy. Hagnaya, Carmen, Cebu

21. Brgy. Yubo, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental (Sitio Bais)

22. Brgy. Binalay, Gen. McArthur, Eastern Samar (Sitio Lubang)


1. Brgy. Upper Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato

2. Brgy. Limulan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat

3. Brgy. San Jose, General Santos City

4. Brgy. Rogongon, Iligan City

5. Brgy. Lake Lahit, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

6. Brgy. Tagasaka, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

7. Brgy. Calumangi, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur

8. Brgy. Colonsabac, Matanao, Davao del Sur

9. Brgy. Baganihan, Marilog District, Davao City

10. Brgy. San Miguel,Maramag, Bukidnon (Purok 8)

One Meralco Foundation now accepting donations for Maring-affected localities

One Meralco Foundation, the social development arm of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), is now accepting donations in cash or in kind for those affected by severe flooding due to Typhoon Maring.

In a report released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development as of 12 NN, August 19, 86,000 people in Luzon have already been affected by Maring. While forced evacuation has ensued in the City of Manila and Marikina, other areas like Cavite, Laguna, and Ilocos Sur are also in need of dire help.

Interested parties may coordinate with One Meralco Foundation by contacting 632-8301 or send donations to the MVP Tulong Kapatid Center located at the Meralco Compound, Ortigas Ave. Pasig City. Receiving of donations begins on August 20 until Friday, August 23, from 12:00 NN until 4:00 PM. No-cook food items that have a long shelf life and may be easily repackaged are preferred.

Cash donations on the other hand can be deposited via BDO Unibank to One Meralco Foundation, Inc., Account no. 4630144474.

“We are now coordinating with various local government units and agencies in determining priority goods per sector. Meantime, we encourage everyone to support those severely affected by donating food, water, soap and blankets and we will take care of delivering them to the appropriate evacuation centers,” says Jeff Tarayao, President of One Meralco Foundation and Chief Social Responsibility Officer of Meralco.

To date, Meralco has already prepared at least 3,000 bags for deployment. The move is part of Tulong Kapatid - a collaborative effort among companies led by Manny V. Pangilinan and will go to various areas in need.

For more information, please call Eddielyn Addun at 632-8301 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Check the foundation’s website at and follow @meralco and the hashtag #TulongKapatid to see opportunities to help and get continuous updates on relief efforts.

The Lopez Museum supports Ang Misyon’s Sistema for the Filipino Youth

In celebration of National Artist for Music and Literature Levi Celerio, the Lopez Museum and Library invited the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY) to perform alongside the High Chair group in an event called Off the Ground on 27 April 2013. Over 120 guests were treated to an afternoon of classical music, visual art, and literature within the gallery spaces of the museum, where they witnessed a special collaboration between established artists and our future classical music professionals.

Raymond John de Borja, Marlon Hacla, and Franz Joel-Libo-on read from their latest books They Day Daze, Glossolalia, and Humigit-Kumulang, while fourteen musicians from the OFY accompanied soprano Elainne Marie Vibal, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Music.

The OFY forms part of Ang Misyon’s Sistema for the Filipino Youth, an after-school program that offers children from deprived communities the opportunity to develop their musical talents and achieve their full potential towards a career in Classical Music performance and education.  The children are handpicked from various existing ensembles, and offered free music education with a curriculum that covers Music History, Music Theory & Fundamentals, Basic Piano, Basic Conducting, One-on-One Lessons on the instrument of concentration, group or sectional workshops, and Chamber Music. They are also granted rehearsal and transportation allowances, instruments, meals, and uniforms.

Sistema for the Filipino Youth is mentored by its Co-founder and Artistic Director Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, an internationally renowned concert pianist and child prodigy. It is also mentored by current and former members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ms. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng, the OFY’s resident conductor who is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines College of Music with a Master of Music degree from Yale University, and Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.


Through programs like Sistema for the Filipino Youth in collaboration with the Lopez Museum and Library as a center of Filipiniana Arts and Letters, the Lopez Group supports arts and culture with a vision of strengthening national pride and consciousness toward nation building.

On High Gear



Del Monte Foundation (DMFI) was established in 1994 as the CSR arm of Del Monte Philippines, Inc. to promote social progress in Northern Mindanao through rural education, youth development and skills training. It focuses its efforts on poor families through programs for the youth, mothers and children, schools and identified municipalities. It has four programs designed to attain this mission, namely; Education, Scholarships & Youth Development, Community Health & Home Care Education, Technical Skills Training & Livelihood Development and Environmental Conservation.

DMFI kicked off the opening of school year 2013 with the expansion of its scholarship program to far-flung areas in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. Del Monte Philippines has been supporting scholars since the 1950’s and has produced more than a thousand graduates. This year, the Foundation launched the Del Monte Barrio Grant-in-Aid Scholarship that enabled 110 poor but gifted high school and college students from over 50 remote barangays to go to school. This is on top of the 270 academic scholars that the Foundation currently supports. Del Monte Barrio scholars receive financial assistance that covers tuition and other school fees plus book, uniform and living allowances.


Moreover, the Foundation constructed and turned-over in June 2013 four (4) new classroom buildings to public elementary schools in the towns of Manolo Fortich and Libona where Del Monte’s pineapple plantation is located. The beneficiary schools were identified through consultation with the DepEd provincial office of Bukidnon and the LGU’s. Each classroom building followed DepEd standard and is equipped with a comfort room, armchairs, bulletin board and chalkboard. This is DMFI’s contribution to the TEN Moves project supported by the League of Corporate Foundations.

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