In simple ceremonies, the school heads from Ilocos Sur welcomed the TYKFI team composed of Elizabeth Alba, Valerie Tan, Evelyn Abao, Jan Irorita and Raymond Apan with messages of goodwill and gratitude on behalf of the student bodies of the schools. Most of the schools also prepared entertainment and cultural performances like songs and dances. Valerie Tan gave a simple message on behalf of the Foundation.
Among the local government and school officials who graced the distribution event in Ilocos Sur National High School Gym on September 21, 2015 were Provincial Board Member Hon. Edgar Yabes, City Councilor George Villanueva, Schools Division Superintendent Alberto Macob and DepEd Regional Director Teresita Velasco. Velasco told the students how blessed they were to have been selected to be the recipients of the school supplies and should take extra care of these items and be inspired to study harder.
Ms. Gloria A. Frando, Head Teacher VI of ISNHS Science Department urged the student body to take note of this noble project and to use the school supplies they received the best way they can. She said: “Be thankful for all the support given to you by non-government organizations like Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. I hope this will inspire you to strive for a better education despite the difficulties you are experiencing in life.”
In Nueva Vizcaya, TYKFI distributed supplies to students of Tan Yan Kee Elementary School, and Macdu Elementary School on September 15 and 17, 2015. The Foundation team included Philip Sing, Jonathan Anuma and Valerie Tan.
On September 18, 2015, the TYKFI team went to Leyte to distribute uniforms and supplies to students of Sulpa National High School and Sulpa Elementary School in Barangay Sulpa, Villaba, Leyte. The principals, teachers, and local officials, led by the Barangay Captain, expressed their utmost gratitude for the blessings their students and children received from the Foundation.
The distribution event In the Sulpa High School and Elementary School was graced by the presence of former School Superintendent Sarah Apurillo.
For this year, the set of supplies given to the elementary pupils included a school bag, five uniform t-shirts printed with the name of the school, pair of rubber shoes/slippers (for some schools), raincoat, notebooks, pad paper, ball pens, and pencils. For the high school students, the set of supplies included a school bag, personal hygiene kit, notebooks, paper, ball pens and pencils. n