At the MOA signing during the techvoc workshop rooms turnover at Taguig National High School. In photo (from left to right): Aboitiz Foundation EVP/COO Augusto Carpio III, President Susan Valdez, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, Aboitiz Foundation Trustee Stephen Paradies, Taguig-Pateros Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Danilo Gutierrez and Taguig NHS Principal Santiago Alvis.
The Aboitiz Foundation turned over last February 18 three additional technical-vocational (tech-voc) workshop rooms to Taguig National High School (TNHS) and another three special science classrooms to Taguig Elementary School (TES) as part of its commitment to develop science-based skills among young students and bring alternative learning to high school graduates.
Since last year, the social development arm of the Aboitiz Group has already implemented various projects in these adopted schools in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The three tech-voc workshop rooms for TNHS are for dressmaking, beauty care services (nail care) with massage therapy, and computer hardware servicing. Reference books, tools, and equipment were also donated.
The Foundation funded last year the training of teachers for NCII certification and refurbished TNHS’ Electrical and Automotive Technology class. These projects were turned over in March 2014.
At the Taguig ES, where Special Science Elementary School (SSES) Program is already implemented from grades 1-6, Aboitiz turned over newly-refurbished special science classrooms, additional 20 units of thin client system with multimedia package for teaching enhancement.
During the first year of SSES implementation in Taguig, Aboitiz refurbished the school’s science and computer laboratories, donated microscopes, science books, ten computer units of thin client system with multimedia package.
Taguig ES is just one of the 22 schools that the Foundation is looking at developing into SSES. Once the pilot implementation is successful, the program will be replicated in other schools that show potential in the areas of Science, English, Information Technology, and Math.
“We believe that a better educated youth means a better Philippines. That’s why we continue to put education at the forefront of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives,” said Aboitiz Equity Ventures SVP for Human Resources Txabi Aboitiz.
In 2014, the Foundation invested over P400 million to bring communities a better learning environment through Aboitiz BetterWorld initiatives SSES and tech-voc education, repair and construction of regular classrooms and those that were damaged by super typhoon Yolanda, ‘Silid Pangarap’ classrooms built in partnership with non-profit organization Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-unlad at Pag-asa, teacher skills training, integrated computerization, and scholarships and financial assistance to deserving students.
Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group. Established in 1988, it addresses the social and economic development needs of marginalized members of society. It constantly delivers value to its stakeholders including the communities where it has presence. The foundation focuses its corporate social responsibility efforts on education, enterprise development, and environment. #
(From left to right) Taguig-Pateros Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Danilo Gutierrez, Aboitiz Foundation Trustee Txabi Aboitiz, President Susan Valdez, Division Science Supervisor Dr. Leticia Andor, Sta. Ana Barangay Captain Conrado Aquino Jr, Aboitiz Foundation EVP/COO Sonny Carpio and Taguig City Vice Mayor Ricardo Cruz Jr. ceremonially cuts the ribbon during the turnover of refurbished special science classrooms at Taguig Elementary School last February 18, 2015.
A high school student from Taguig National High School testing the new high speed sewing machine donated by Aboitiz Foundation.