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25 Schools Learn About Financial Literacy through Western Union and KCFI

With a population of around 2,000 students and 57 teachers, Ususan Elementary School in Taguig City became the 25th and final stop for the “Teacher-for-a-Day” Program or TFAD of Western Union and the Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI)

Employees from Western Union took on the role as teachers to around 40 students for TFAD. They taught the students financial literacy using a Knowledge Channel-produced video episode and a module orienting young learners on the basic concepts of needs and wants, appreciating the value of money and the importance of saving properly.

Aside from this, the school received a K Channel On-Demand Package which included a television set, a pair of speakers, a laptop pre-loaded with more than a thousand of K Channel videos and other multimedia learning resources and an ABS-CBN TV Plus unit.

A complementary partnership

It was in October 2015 when KCFI received a grant of 3.12 million pesos from Western Union through combined donations from Direct Agent 5, Inc., eBusiness Services, Inc., Petnet, Inc., Universal Storefront Services Corporation and The Western Union Foundation.

The two-fold objective for the project was to provide 25 target schools access to relevant and effective multimedia learning resources and to impart financial literacy to the students.

On the end of Western Union and its partner businesses, it was about giving back to communities.

Since the launch of TFAD in September 29, 2016, employees from Western Union, E-Biz, PetNet, and USSC volunteered and taught financial literacy to elementary pupils in 25 schools, particularly in Quezon City, Taguig, Laguna, Cavite, Antipolo, Pampanga, Bulacan and Bataan.

Always a fulfillment

The TFAD closing event in Ususan Elementary School was attended by esteemed officials from Western Union and its affiliate businesses: Ms. Angel Choa, Marketing and Business Development Head of eBusiness Services Inc., Mr. Jun Estopace, Operations Head of Universal Storefront Services Corporation, Mr. Christopher Sarabia, Business Development Senior Manager of Direct Agent 5 Inc., Mr. Edward Estacion, Business Development Head of Direct Agent 5 Inc., Mr. Ron Alejandro, Marketing Manager of PETNET Services Inc., and Ms. Nikki Robas, Marketing Manager of PETNET Services Inc.

Those who volunteered in the “Teacher-for-a-Day” Program or TFAD included Western Union Communication Director Ms. Suzanne Lopez and Country Director Mr. Jeff Navarro.

Ms. Rina Lopez-Bautista, Executive Director and President of KCFI warmly welcomed the volunteers and guests alongside School Principal Annette Cristobal and teacher Myra Reyes.

In her speech, she mentioned, “To see corporate leaders and professionals alongside with public school students and teachers in a classroom is always a fulfillment for the Knowledge Channel Foundation.”

Rina Lopez-Bautista Talks About Martial Law and Education in Learning Synergy Summit

Filled with passion and inspiration, KCFI President and Executive Director Rina Lopez-Bautista delivered a talk during the 2016 Learning Synergy Summit held last November 29 at the Rockwell Business Center in Ortigas. The event was attended by more than a hundred employees under the different companies of the Lopez Group.

In her session entitled “A Sustainable Future through Education,” Lopez-Bautista, daughter of Oscar M. Lopez, shared the link between sustainability in education and the importance of values. “This is actually integral in the sustainability of our companies and as a people,” she says in her speech.

She also shared her family’s experience during Martial Law in light of the issue of Marcos’ Burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. “I do not wish on any family what we went through,” she tearfully says. “We were the biggest losers financially. But that is not to say that others suffered less.”

According to Lopez-Bautista, education plays an important role in the sustainability of the country and its people. “The choices we make and the actions we take or do not take as a people determine our future,” she adds.

Other speakers joining Lopez-Bautista in the afternoon plenary block included Mr. Rafael Lopez of the Healthy Energy Initiative and Datu Samuel Asicam of the Mount Apo Foundation. The Keynote Message was delivered by Regina Paz Lopez, Secretary of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR).

UFI Rummage Sale at Shops At Amigo

Uygongco Foundation Inc. (UFI) had its 2nd Annual Rummage Sale at the Shops at Amigo to raise funds for its programs and projects for their adopted public schools located in Iloilo City, Capiz and Guimaras. Previously owned items given by various donors such as clothes, shoes, books, kitchenware and toys were sold during the event. The Rummage Sale, which was held from October 28-29, generated about P180,000 which will be used to build classrooms, libraries and other school structures for the Foundation’s adopted schools. The Foundation would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to their donors and to everyone that had donated for the Rummage Sale which would have not been successful without their contribution. See you next year, shoppers!

RD Foundation Launches EM=K² v.2 Project

Hon. Mayor Ronnel Rivera (left) receives a kiddie chair from Ptr. Jireh Mullier Asis (right), member of RD Foundation Board of Trustees

November 4, 2016, RD foundation formally launches the “Edukasyon Mo, Kabuhayan Ko (EM=K²) v.2 project in General Santos City. The event was attended by the local government officials headed by the Hon. City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, day care teachers, day care pupils and their parents. The project will provide 2000 kiddie chairs and 500 kiddie tables to 82 day care centers in the city. Differently abled persons of Gensan PWD Multipurpose Cooperative who manufacture the school furniture will also benefit from the project through the livelihood opportunities to their members.

The lack and sometimes absence of tables and chairs is a common problem among day care centers in General Santos City which has a total of 180 centers catering to 9,396 children. In most centers, the parents had to bring their own chairs for their children while the community find ways to fabricate tables. In areas where parents do not have resources, children seat on the floor while teachers give their best to educate the children. The project aims to provide a conducive learning environment for the day care children aged 2-4 years old while at the same time provide economic opportunities to the persons with disability.

The Gensan PWD Multipurpose Coop. is an organization of differently abled persons with skills in carpentry and furniture making. They had been RD Foundation's partner since 2013 and the project had employed more than 35 PWD members. On top of the livelihood assistance, the foundation also extended technical support to the cooperative through organizational diagnosis facilitation and strategic planning workshops. Dan Alim,   Chairperson of the cooperative said, "We are grateful for the project Edukasyon Mo, Kabuhayan Ko, which RD Foundation entrusted to us. Now we can show to all that being a differently abled person should not be a hindrance to living a normal life. We want to change the perception that we, PWDs are burden to the society with nothing to contribute. We can now prove that we can be productive members of the community if given the opportunity"

The Edukasyon Mo Kabuhayan Ko initiative is a banner project of RD Foundation which started in 2013. It originally aimed to supplement the arm chair needs of public elementary school which later expanded to cover the furniture requirements of day care centers. With strong support from different partners, the project had distributed a total of 8000 arm chairs to 80 public schools in Gen. Santos City and South Cotabato Province. The second version of the project which was piloted last year had distributed a total of 3000 kiddie chairs and 750 kiddie tables to 103 day care centers in Gen. Santos City. RD Foundation targets to reach more areas in the region and hopes to get more partners.

BDO Foundation Signs Agreement for Teaching Kits Donation

BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, has signed an agreement with C&E Foundation and Kusog Tacloban for the donation of elementary school instructional materials in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Backed by BDO branches, BDO Foundation will facilitate the distribution of 524 teaching kits in various elementary schools. This is in line with the foundation's disaster response advocacy and the Andam Pag-aram educational program of C&E Foundation and Kusog Tacloban.

Used specifically in the context of studying, Andam Pag-aram is a local term that means "prepare to learn".

The memorandum of agreement was signed by BDO Foundation trustee Lucy Co Dy, BDO Foundation trustee Jerome Guevarra, Kusog Tacloban president Teresa Custodio and C&E Publishing chief operating officer John Emyl Eugenio.

C&E Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improve the quality of education in the Philippines. It provides scholarships and supports schools with disadvantaged students.

Also a non-profit organization, Kusog Tacloban aims to strengthen the resilience of communities in provinces devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

This is the second time BDO Foundation, C&E Foundation and Kusog Tacloban are pursuing the initiative. In 2015, teaching kits were donated in five Typhoon Yolanda-affected schools where BDO Foundation constructed school buildings.

Exclusively distributed by C&E Publishing, the teaching kits are designed to help kindergarten and grade one pupils develop their reading ability.

The kits contain phonetic readers, interactive charts, songs, vowel cards and story books. They aid in the teaching and mastery of the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, sound/letter correspondence, short vowel sounds and blending.


BDO Foundation has partnered once again with C&E Foundation and Kusog Tacloban for the distribution of instructional materials in elementary schools in Typhoon Yolanda-stricken provinces.

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