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DepEd, CLFI inaugurate ALS Learning Centers in Cavite and Laguna

As series of DepEd-Cebuana Lhuillier Alternative Learning System (ALS) Community Learning Center (CLC) launches took place nationwide, Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI) encountered different learners and realized – age doesn’t matter.

Antonio Abeledo, 59, a garbage collector and a DepEd-Cebuana Lhuillier learner, was determined to be a secondary degree holder via ALS despite his age.

Efigenia Tadefa, 56 (left), and Antonio Abeledo, 59 (right), are two of the oldest DepEd Cebuana Lhuillier ALS learners. Despite their advanced age, they availed free education to support their families.

“Maganda ang may pinag-aralan. Noong kabataan ko, nabarkada ako… Nakilala ko si Mr. Anquilan (ALS mobile teacher), pinakilala niya ang ALS… Ginusto kong umangat sa kahirapan… Inspirasyon ko ang anak ko.”

The 12 year old girl Jemimah Leyva was one of the youngest in her group. She finished only second grade but with ALS, she can fulfill her dream to reach high school and be a nurse someday.

Abeledo and Leyva were just two of the 117 ALS learners of the CLC inaugurated last September 12, the Rosario Elementary School in Cavite. Said school received a desktop computer, printer and projector with screen.

CLFI Executive Director Atty. Cesar Vidal, Region III Regional Manager Mr. Rolando Dario, Department Manager Ms. Pebbles Muñiz, Area Managers Mr. Leo Marcos Peren and Mrs. Susan Anadon conveyed Dr. Jean Henri Lhuillier’s message to the learners – “ALS. Always Love Schooling.”


School officials became very grateful to Cebuana Lhuillier. Mrs. Catalina Pasicolan, Guidance Counselor; Mr. Sonny Mercado, SB Secretary; Dr. Carmencita Tosco, OIC ALS Supervisor; Ms. Diane Topacio, District Supervisor and Mrs. Edna Pangilinan, ALS Coordinator inspired the learners towards positive attitude and proper education.

Meanwhile, a full-force launching program occurred last August 19 at F. Benitez Memorial Elementary School, few minutes away from one of the chosen CLC, Pagsanjan Mobile Library in Laguna.

Said event was graced by the former Laguna governor himself, ER Ejercito, with his wife, Pagsanjan Mayor Girlie Ejercito. The couple finally found a new partner in their advocacy for the out-of-school youths – CLFI.

Mr. Victor Fedrigalan, representing Bureau of ALS (BALS) OIC Director Dr. Edel Carag, said that the CLC will be of great help to all ALS stakeholders and that it will “serve for skills development, livelihood, entrepreneurship, etc.”

Also present to grace the event were Ms. Florentina Pancap, Principal and ALS Consultant; Dr. Wilmer Gahite, District Supervisor; Mr. Rogelio F. Opulencia, Assistant Schools Superintendent; Dr. Diosdado San Antonio, Regional Director of Region IV-A; Dr. Orlando Valverde, ALS Education Program Supervisor; Mr. Dario; Ms. Muniz and Mr. Abelardo Aquino, Area Manager.

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The Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. is the corporate social responsibility arm of the PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies, which manages the country’s leading pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuillier. The Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation was founded in 2000 by Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier.

 
Outstanding Teachers, Soldiers and Police Officers Honored During Metrobank’s 52nd Anniversary Celebration

Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos with the Guest of Honor Senate president Franklin Drilon (9th from left), Metrobank Group Chairman George S.K. Ty (8th from left), Senator Sonny Angara (7th from left), Senator Cynthia Villar (10th from left), Senator Grace Poe (11th from left), Metrobank Chairman Arthur V. Ty (6th from left) and Metrobank president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña (12th from left).

 

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) conferred this year’s winners of its Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) in an awarding ceremony held on September 5, 2014 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium. Senate President Franklin Drilon served as the guest speaker, while distinguished officials from the government, business, academe, and diplomatic communities graced the event. The event served as one of the highlights of Metrobank’s 52nd anniversary celebration.

Collectively called as the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, these exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers are hailed because of their dedication to service and being champions of excellence even in the most trying of circumstances.

“There are countless stories of bravery, heroism, sacrifice and gallantry not only in the AFP and PNP, but also among our teachers and other government workers. They are our modern-day heroes, who have remained honest and true to their calling, who will not hesitate to walk the extra mile and transcend their limitations just to give the best service possible to our country and people,” said Senate president Drilon in his speech. “As a tradition I started in 2002, last Monday, the Senate passed a resolution commending the achievements of the 2014 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, which resolutions were authored and sponsored at the floor by Senators Poe, Villar and Angara. The resolutions were presented to the awardees during their courtesy call. To our awardees, you are shining examples of good public servants who are worthy of emulation by your peers and members of your respective organizations and communities,” he continued.

 

Four (4) elementary, four (4) secondary public school teachers, and two (2) professors from the higher education level join the rank of 326 Outstanding Teachers honored by Metrobank Foundation since 1985. The 2014 Outstanding Teachers are (photo above, from left to right): Anna Bella F. Abellera of Naga Central School I (Naga City); Sharon Rose P. Puyo of Cabadbaran South Central Elementary School SPED Center (Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte); Dr. Enerio E. Ebisa of Doña Juana Actub Luch Memorial Central School (Iligan City); and Dr. Allan Moore S. Cabrillas of San Jose West Central School (San Jose City, Nueva Ecija) for the elementary Competition. Meanwhile, the secondary competition winners are: Dr. Juanito A. Merle of Talipan National High School (Pagbilao, Quezon); Dr. Jesus C. Insilada of Alcarde Gustilo Memorial National High School (Calinog, Iloilo); Dr. Matrose P. Galarion of Angeles City National High School (Angeles City); and Dr. Noel V. Ibis of Vinzons Pilot High School (Vinzons, Camarines Norte). While, Dr. Resurreccion B. Sadaba of the University of the Philippines-Visayas (Miag-ao, Iloilo) and Dr. Teodora D. Balangcod of the University of the Philippines-Baguio (Baguio City) are the winners for the higher education competition.

On the other hand, the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines awarded as 2014 Outstanding Soldiers are (photo above, from left to right): Colonel Teodoro A. Llamas PA, Master Sergeant Aladin S. Dacayanan PA, and Staff Sergeant Rehum P. Magno PA from the Philippine Army. The winners from the Philippine Navy are: Captain Alberto B. Carlos PN, Sergeant Eugene J. Padilla PN (M), and Commissary Steward 2nd Class Felix B. Guaves II PN.  While Lieutenant Colonel Adriano SJ. Duadico PAF, Staff Sergeant Sheryl P. Toribio PAF, and Technical Sergeant Benny G. Dofitas PAF are the winners from the Philippine Air Force. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Florencio Ritchie I. Capulong III MAC, from the Medical Administrative Corps completes this year’s batch of winners.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Outstanding Police Officers are (photo above, from left to right): Police Senior Superintendent Cedrick G. Train (Palo, Leyte); Police Senior Superintendent Rodelio B. Jocson (Maguindanao); Police Chief Inspector Byron F. Allatog (La Trinidad, Benguet) and Police Chief Inspector Reynaldo E. Ariño (Zamboanga City) for the Police Commissioned Officers category. Meanwhile, the winners for the Police Non-Commissioned Officers category are: Police Officer 3 Michael D. Pontoy (Kalibo, Aklan); Senior Police Officer 1 Reynaldo G. Solante (Cebu City); Police Officer 2 Arshear U. Ismael (Zamboanga City); Police Officer 3 Alexander B. Fazon, Jr.(Butuan City); Senior Police Officer 1 Rey H. Sarcon (San Fernando City, Pampanga) and Police Officer 3 Comet D. Dumangeng (Sta. Rita, Pampanga).

“We have always believed in the Filipinos’ potential to succeed given the ample opportunities to pursue their dreams,” said Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. “We honor exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers who have braved the odds, blazed a trail in their respective fields, and inspired other people through their deeds because as we enable them to reach for their aspirations, they, in turn, help us reach the Metrobank Foundation’s dream of nurturing a society that is committed to the task of nation-building,” he continued.

Outstanding Police Officer PSSupt Cedrick Train delivered the response on behalf of the 2014 awardees. “Despite the many challenges, the awardees have remained steadfast in their spirit and control of human faculties, clinging to their passion and enthusiasm to serve the people. They are never afraid of treading the dangerous landmine of public criticism, ridicule or unfavorable perception.  An individual  may be a weary soldier in the field, a strained and stained police officer in the street, a burn-out teacher in the classroom, but  each and every single one of them are fighting their own precious battles with dignity and pride. Evidently, they did not fail in this respect as they emerged victorious as leaders of innovation and change,” expressed PSSupt Train. “Nevertheless, this is not so much about the award as it is about the message that it strongly conveys-- that there are countless teachers, soldiers, policemen and policewomen who are doing their tasks with utmost vigor and dedication, and that there are those who believe in their potentials as model public servants.  But much more fitting, the awardees want to thank and acknowledge all the people who have endured with them as well as the people they worked with throughout their careers.  They have inspired, taught and guided the awardees to the path of excellence,” he continued.

PSSupt Train conceptualized and implemented the Geographical Reference for Integrated Deployment-Selective Enforcement to Reduce Victimization and Integrate Community Empowerment Strategies (GRID-SERVICES) This initiative maps street crime and other incidents, and employs COMPSTAT data for crime intelligence and analysis. Among the programs he established to train police personnel to properly address risky behavior among the youth and interfaith cooperation are the Anti-Illegal Drug Education and Services, Safer Schools Project, and Police Spiritual Alliance with Lumads and Muslims. As a lawyer, PSSupt Train may easily go for greener pastures outside the service but he says that he finds fulfillment in nurturing and strengthening the core values of the police service.

Another awardee this year is Outstanding Teacher Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba who specializes in Mangrove Studies at the University of the Philippines Visayas. He has co-authored the books “Handbook of Mangroves in the Philippines” (2004), and “Beach Forest Species and Mangrove Associates” (2004) as products of his researches on mangroves, particularly on the impact of oil spills on the mangroves, as well as on beach forest species and mangroves associates. He also initiated research training for teachers to equip secondary school teachers in Region 6 with skills and knowledge in relating to science. He also serves as adviser and resource person on mangrove rehabilitation projects in Guimaras and Iloilo.  Recently, he is a resource person for the Inquiry on the Estancia Oil Spill by the Committee on Energy of the House of Representatives.

Outstanding Soldier Colonel Teodoro A. Llamas PA was at the forefront of the mission to neutralize the MNLF forces who wanted to declare independence from the Philippine government during the Zamboanga siege. Through his strategic direction and experience in hostage rescue and urban combat, the AFP was able to rescue 113 hostages and capture over a hundred MNLF fighters, on top of the seizure of high powered firearms. Col. Llamas also designed the low-cost semi-collapsible barracks that is still being used in the AFP today and saved hundreds of thousands in construction costs for the institution.

Each SOT, COPS and TOPS awardee was presented with a trophy and gold medallion. Each SOT awardee received Php 500,000 cash prize while TOPS and COPS awardees each received Php 400,000 cash prize.

Now on its 30th year, Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), honors the teaching profession, recognizing those who exhibit competence, remarkable dedication to their work, and effective educational leadership, as well as their various community involvements. Metrobank Foundation Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Makati Metro for the past 15 years, honors the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces who go beyond expectations and highlights their achievements and efforts toward nation building and development. On its 12th year, Metrobank Foundation Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service, in partnership with the Rotary Club of New Manila East, honors the career achievements of gallant police officers of the nation who actively mobilized, involved and organized the community to become fellow vanguards of peace and order.

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The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was established on January 8, 1979 by Dr. George S. K. Ty, sixteen (16) years after he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank). As the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare and maintains an active and dynamic partnership with other organizations that likewise provide services for the underprivileged sectors of society and remains equally responsive to emergency and relief operations for affected Filipinos in times of natural calamities in the Philippines and in Asia. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS), Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY), Metrogold Scholarship Program (MSP), and Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC).  MBFI also spearheads the celebration of the National Teachers’ Month (NTM) held from September 5 to October 5 of every year since 2008. The Foundation also implements the Fellowships for International Understanding Program in partnership with selected international organizations and diplomatic missions. It also supports programs aimed at educating the citizenry on public-interest issues through research and lectures given by the distinguished chair holders of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lectures, established by the Foundation in partnership with reputable educational institutions. MBFI is also the principal owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country. The Foundation recently celebrated its 35th year with the theme, “Launching Dreams” serving as its beacon in the next five (5) years. It shall continue to Excel, Engage, and Empower, but this time even more conscious in supporting the various sectors of the Philippine community in pursuing their individual and collective dreams -- for an educated workforce, for accessible medical care, for outstanding professional careers, and for a responsible and enlightened citizenry. Through the Foundation’s recognition and social development programs, it shall continuously strengthen and assist Filipinos in their endeavors, raising their abilities and improving  their way of life, inspiring and uplifting their spirits, so that one day, they may be empowered enough to know reality of their dreams.

 

 
Aboitiz builds new classrooms in Bohol quake-hit schools

A student leaves his makeshift classroom at Canmaya Centro ES in Sagbayan – one of the hardest hit schools during the Bohol earthquake.

 

The Aboitiz Group, through its social development arm Aboitiz Foundation, is continuously assisting in post-rehabilitation efforts in Bohol as it constructs classrooms in schools badly damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the province nearly a year ago.

The construction of classrooms is being done in parallel with the ongoing schools rehabilitation initiatives in North Cebu – one of the hardest hit areas of super typhoon Yolanda. The Foundation said target completion of classrooms in these disaster-stricken areas is by December this year.

In Bohol, recipients of nine new classrooms include Canmaya Centro Elementary School and Ubujan Elementary School in Sagbayan, and Tubigon West Central Elementary School in Tubigon. These are expected to benefit more than 2,000 students.

Aboitiz believes that focusing on the construction of educational facilities can help speed up the province’s recovery. The availability of classrooms is instrumental in encouraging students to go [back] to school.

“The classrooms will be designed to ensure safety and be conducive to learning. We hope that the students who will use these classrooms will be inspired to do well not only in academics but also in helping people help themselves,” Aboitiz Foundation Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio.

As part of the Bohol initiative, the Foundation also took on the construction of new ‘Silid Pangarap’ classrooms in partnership with the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) and some minor repairs in Mantalongon Elementary School in Sagbayan and Guadalupe Elementary School in Carmen through the assistance of CitySavings Bank.

Aboitiz was among the early responders to organize disaster relief operations in the affected areas in Bohol last year. The Group was able to reach out to about 18,000 families.

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 implements corporate social responsibility interventions especially in areas where Aboitiz companies are located. The foundation focuses on three program components, namely education, enterprise development, and environment. #

 
Goodbye to Sorrow, Hello to Joy! Mondelez Philippines Begins 3-Year Program in Tacloban

Looking at Marian with her bright and expressive eyes, you would never have thought that she has lived through a tragedy in her young years. “My mother and I almost drowned inside our school. After, I tried drying my notebooks but they were stolen from me.” This was during Typhoon Yolanda, a time that many still look back on with fear and sadness. But Marian, perhaps thanks to her youth, maintains a hopeful attitude. “I still dream of finishing my studies,” she says.

After heartache and the tears that come with it, there comes a moment when you shake of your shoulders and think to yourself, “Enough.” It’s then that you become open to the possibilities of tomorrow, to hoping for a better life again. That time has come for one school in Tacloban, Leyte. In fact, they’re beyond happy; they’re opening themselves to feel and create joy again.


There is no magic potion for forgetfulness that can ever wipe away the nightmares that Typhoon Yolanda brought. Even now, nearing its first anniversary people still speak of it in hushed tones, remembering all too well that horrible things happened during that period of time. And they can never be forgotten nor erased. The best anyone can do is to move forward. That’s exactly what Mondelez Philippines is helping one school do in Tacloban.

 

The reality behind the headlines. Panalaron Central Elementary School in Tacloban City lived the horror behind the headlines last year. Perilous floodwaters, school property damaged beyond repair, decades of records and memento swept away, and lives merely seeking shelter were lost to the waters.

 

These were things that happened just on that fateful day. The uncertainty and helplessness which pervaded weeks after, were equally difficult to overcome. “When we first came to Panalaron in January of 2014, it was clear that the Typhoon left more than physical scars,” shares Maria Cindy C. Lim, Head of Corporate and Government Affairs of Mondelez Philippines.

 

The Company formerly named Kraft Foods came to the City together with partner the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) with the express intent of looking for another school for its Joy Schools program. More than just a donation initiative, the Joy Schools program is an adoption platform of three years. During which Mondelez Philippines would provide for the nutrition, teacher training and facilities improvement needs of the school. The program has already been in effect for five other schools in Metro Manila since June 2013 and two years earlier for one of these schools.

 

Continues Lim, "But apart from the obvious damage, there was one thing that made it imperative that we do our part as many other organizations were doing. There was hope; in the shy smiles of the students and the eyes of the teachers. It was that hope that propelled us to adopt Panalaron as our 6th Joy School."

 

Joy and a Little Something More. If you visit Panalaron, the transformation becomes evident. Apart from 18 classrooms that were rebuilt and facilities made whole again, new additions were made so that the school would not only be functional, but able to stand on its own moving forward.

 

Water and energy, and the funds for both are problems not only of schools in Tacloban but in many other schools nationwide. Using technology that is present inside its own factory in Parañaque City, Mondelez Philippines installed solar panels and solatubes (or structures that filter down natural light) so that the school need not consume electricity in the morning, and use solar power at night.

 

Rain, which is a constant presence in the Region was also transformed from a problem into a solution through rainwater harvesting tanks, which are now used to provide water for bathrooms, and washing. Making the most of children’s energy for play, a deep well seesaw and carousel were installed so that while children learn to have fun again, the water pumped by mechanisms is collected in tanks and stored for future use.

 

“This is the most memorable event in Panalaron Central School. The Joy Schools program will give us inspiration that will bring joy to our children, our teachers, our parents,” says Principal Asela P. Refuerzo of the school. “The program has made us very much happy. With Mondelez Philippines’ care and perseverance for our school, I think it’s not enough to say Thank You. We are very lucky to have with us this Company who really shared their blessings with us, their talents and their gifts.”

Where there were once sad memories, joy has entered. But much like scars, memories and other things that fade only in time, those left behind by Typhoon Yolanda cannot soon be forgotten. Which is why for the next three years, The Company pledges to stand by Panalaron Central Elementary School’s side. To guide, to support and to create delicious moments of joy.


For more information on Mondelez Philippines and how it creates joy, visit www.mondelezinternational.com/ph

 
135 OSYs in Northern Luzon received support from CLFI

At least 135 out-of-school youth students received uniform t-shirts, laptop and projectors with screens from Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI) during the DepEd-Cebuana Lhuillier Alternative Learning System (ALS) Community Learning Center (CLC) launching in two venues of Northern Luzon.

Students, DepEd representatives, ALS teachers in 13 districts of Kalinga and LGU’s headed by Mayor Johnny Dickpus of Lubuagan himself appeared full force to support the program last August 4 at Lubuagan Central School.

In a statement, Mr. Romulo Galnawan, Education Program Supervisor, thanked CLFI for “helping literacy workers in fighting the least, last and lost” while the students sang their unending thanks with their local dialect- “So be it.”

Meanwhile, the launching last July 22 at La Trinidad Learning Center in Puguis Elementary School, Benguet became an avenue for Benguet Division to send their heartfelt gratitude.


Ms. Agripina Bartolome, their mobile teacher, said that ALS is doing well in La Trinidad and Cebuana Lhuillier is a good partner in achieving their goal.

DepEd-Cebuana Lhuillier ALS CLC is a unique partnership. In the normal ALS setting, the goal is merely to pass the Alternative and Equivalency (A&E) test given annually by DepEd to qualify the passer as an elementary or secondary graduate.

In partnership with Cebuana, aside from passing the said exam, the parties aim to give students lessons in livelihood and spirituality. This will make them CLPs or Characters with Livelihood and Personality.

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The Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. is the corporate social responsibility arm of the PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies, which manages the country’s leading pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuillier. The Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation was founded in 2000 by Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier.

 
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