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“PFI Celebrates 7-Eleven Day”

(Mobile Day Care Launching and School Library Turn-over Ceremony)

by Ella Lequin

Knowledge is power. To gain knowledge, one needs good education. As Malcolm X puts it: “Education is our passport to the future.” It is a key factor in giving an individual more opportunities to earn and live a good life. 

In the past, Philippines is one of the most highly looked upon when it comes to quality education. However, in recent years, due to economic crisis, poverty and lack of opportunity, education became a privilege of a select few. 

Education is a right of every individual. And as such, everyone should have access to it. The Department of Education (DepEd) has implemented a lot of projects to assuage the need to make education available to everyone especially the underprivileged. However, due to the ever increasing population, lack of funding, being short on manpower make education elusive to those who is in dire need of it.

In light of this, the Foundation ties up with the City of Manila to partner with the City’s priority welfare programs and services to launch the Mobile Day Care Center. It is a multi-cab servicing Barangays in Manila without access to a day care facility particularly Sta. Ana, Sta. Cruz and most of Tondo area. The foundation aims to enhance the said program by supplies provision, upgrading of curriculum and employee involvement through volunteerism. This program also aims towards preparing children to formal school for ages 3-5 years old. An official launching of the said partnership happened last July 11, 2011 in time for the worldwide celebration of 7-Eleven Day at Rasac covered court attended by the City Mayor, City Social Welfare Head and other Local Gov’t Officials together with PSC and PFI Chairman, PSC President and division managers.

The Foundation in a continued effort to foster education to those who really need it, launched more projects that aims to maintain and nurture quality education. This is in coordination with the local government of Manila, identified General Miguel Malvar Elementary School as its beneficiary for several programs and  services such as: 120 days supplementary feeding program for 100 underweight children which started August and will end by February of 2012, medical missions and school library renovation that would benefit 1,500 pupils. 

The turn-over ceremony for the school library at General Miguel Malvar Elementary School was held last July 13, 2011 attended by City Vice-Mayor, Dep-ed Representatives, PSC and PFI Chairman, PSC President and division managers. 

The Foundation would like to thank all the sponsors and donors headed by VMP Construction who donated half percent of the total renovation cost for the school library and all of PSC partner builders who also shared equal donations to have this renovation/construction realized. Some PSC suppliers and service providers also made their significant share to realize this project.

FORMAL TURN-OVER OF THE DONATED PRE-SCHOOL CLASSROOM

 TO THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS OF CAPT. H. FRANCISCO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANNEX

P. Rosales St., Alley 12 Brgy. Sta.  Ana, Pateros M. Mla. July 9, 2010 / 9-11 am

January of 2010 when PFI scouted for a school beneficiary in Pateros where its programs and services will be delivered to. With set of qualifications and requirements, PFI were able to find Capt. H. Francisco Elementary School Annex with the smallest student population of 450 and only received a minimal support from the local government.

Initial coordination with the school administrators and faculty revealed their utmost need for decent facilities. Meralco Foundation fortunately responded to them one time in 2009 by donating functional restrooms both for boys and girls. The school also lacks a number of classrooms to cater to the growing population of their students. They specifically mentioned a need to put up a pre-school classroom. Recognizing the importance of the pre-school classroom’s contribution to a good educational foundation that PFI was determined to address the need.

With PFI’s Support-a-School Program, we were able to tap resources to immediately start construction ready for School Year of 2010. In coordination with PSC’s BDD-Engineering, PFI were able to seek support from PSC Contractor. PMSON’s Construction was the first among the PSC contractors who responded and gave his support. He sent out his men guided with the proposed plan and started construction immediately right after the National Elections. Other PSC contractors donated in cash and in kind.

On June 17, 2010, when the “Balik-Eskwelang Handog ng 7-Eleven” under the Support-a-School Program was launched in Capt. H. Francisco Elementary School Annex, wherein 200 selected students were provided with school bags and basic school supplies. This was also the time when a soft turn-over of the donated pre-school classroom was done to mark the start of classes for the pre-school by June 21, 2010.

On July 9, 2010, align with the celebration of the 7-Eleven Day that the Formal Turn-over of the donated pre-school classroom took place. The event was attended by PSC’s top management, LGU officials, officials and principals from the School Division of Pateros, PSC employee-volunteers, teachers and students.

The program started with the singing of the national anthem followed by an opening prayer and messages from the honored guests. The pre-school pupils also rendered a dance and poem presentation. The blessing rites was led by the Parish Priest of San Roque, Pasig followed by the ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the building marker led by PSC’s President and CEO Mr. Jose Victor Paterno and Vice Mayor of Pateros Mr. Jojo Sanchez.

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