The Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. (TYKFI) brings its Adopt-a-School program to Nueva Vizcaya by issuing school supplies to more than 3,000 pupils from 6 districts (Sta. Fe, Aritao II, Kayapa East, Bayombong II, Kasibu East and Kasibu West) last September 2-4 and November 10, 2014. A total of 3,101 student beneficiaries from 36 schools received the gifts composed of a bag with notebooks, pad papers, pencils, and a pair of slippers (pupils from Tan Yan Kee, Buyasyas and Macdu Elementary Schools received a raincoat and school uniforms).
Present during the distribution were representatives from DepEd-Nueva Vizcaya Division, Education Program Supervisors- Helen Liban, Evelyn Ramos and Carmelita Pancho, District Supervisors and school principals/head teachers of the recipient schools, LGU representatives: Hon. Tidong Benito (Vice Mayor, Sta. Fe), Hon. Claverina Doculan (SB Member, Aritao) and Hon. Alberto Bumolo (Mayor, Kasibu), and representatives from TYKFI (Philip Sing, Valerie Tan, Jonathan Anuma, Flora Lim and Janel-Anne Badlis). In Sta. Fe, Hon. Vice Mayor Tidong Benito started the ceremony by expressing the schools’ gratitude towards TYKFI. Absenteeism has always been one of the greatest challenges of the schools in Nueva Vizcaya. Both the parents and teachers believe that with the new school supplies, especially the new bags, students will be motivated to go to school. “[The project] decreases the problems on absenteeism and it also improved the partnership between the LGU, parents and teachers,” shared by Teacher Arline C. Gatchalian, Yaway Elementary School. Indeed the response from the students confirmed that they are inspired to go to school, “Salamat po, gagamitin ko po lalagyanan ng notebook at pencil yung bago kong bag. Papasok po ako palagi sa school at mag-aaral ng mabuti. Gusto ko po maging sundalo pag lumaki na ako para po makipaglaban,” commented by one of the students Adrian Bay-an, Grade 6, Canarem Elementary School.
When asked how she will help sustain the project, Teacher III Arnel Paclit from TYKES, Balete said, “We can sustain/support the project through giving a helping hand as counterpart of each bag given by caring, utilizing well the materials, motivating them to do well their task as a good citizen.”
The school heads gave warm welcome and closing remarks, voicing out how thankful they are for the school supplies and that they wish that the foundation will never cease helping the students. The schools spoke of their commitment to protect and treasure the gifts given to them, “this day gives us reason to celebrate because of the bountiful love gifts to treasure and to cherish. In behalf of the 241 pupils and their parents, the 7 strong teachers, we commit ourselves to monitor and evaluate the proper utilization of the school supplies given to our dear children,” said Principal Arnel Batalla, Banganan Elementary School. At Macdu Elementary School, Education Program Supervisor Evelyn Ramos said, “I did not think twice to come to the turn-over ceremony, I am thankful to the Foundation. Of all the schools why Macdu, how lucky they are, they gave so much. I hope there’s a counterpart to support the Foundation efforts.”
At Yaway Elementary School, Education Program Supervisor Carmelita Pancho led the group into a song of gratitude, “Isang Thank you…dalawang thank you…tatlong thank you apat, lima, anim, pito…walong thank you syam na thank you sampong thank you salamt po salamat po.” The ceremonies ended with a new hope for the teachers, parents, and especially students that tomorrow will be a better day at school with their new school supplies which will support them in their studies.