Parents, teachers, and officials were one in encouraging children to go to school. TYKES and Buyasyas Elementary Schools Principal Allan Paclit made an example of a TYKFI staff as an inspiration for getting an education. He noted that Jonathan Anuma, is “a native of Balete, one of us, and is an inspiration to all especially to parents to encourage and commit to their children’s education.” Those who attended the turnover of supplies profusely thanked TYKFI Chairman Dr. Lucio C. Tan and the Foundation for all the continuing support to the education of the young.
In Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur the Foundation beefed up its nebulizer distribution project with new units given to the Rural Health Unit and also provided Adopt-A-School packages to pupils of elementary schools in Sta. Cruz.
Calaoaan, Babayoan, and Amarao Elementary schools in Sta. Cruz are now benefitting from playground and water supply system (for the first two schools) and playground equipment for the latter. With the Department of Education, TYKFI was able to reach the following pupils with the Adopt-A-School total package last September.
Located on the southern coast of Ilocos Sur, the area is considered partially urban and has some 35,906 residents. The Foundation provided the playground equipment as a valuable benefit for the well-rounded physical and social development of the pupils. Calaoaan Principal Dr. Gemmalyn G. Jacosalem put it very well when she said, “The project is a great help for pupils. Having a water system inside the school solved the problem of children going outside to fetch water from the neighbour which is very risky. Maintenance of school plants became easier, and sanitation among children is no longer a problem. This as well as having a playground that provides enjoyment will have a long term effect on children. It falls on us to maintain TYKFI gifts so that they can benefit and enrich children who come to our school to learn.” Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur DepEd District Supervisor Dr. Manuela Joven added, “I hope Tan Yan Kee will always be around to lend a helping hand for the projects to be sustained and for more projects for the different schools.”
Meanwhile, in Sidaoen Primary School TYKFI and DepEd provided school supplies to 62 pupils from Grades 1 to 4. Sidaoen teacher Rona Quitilen said “the project will help particularly indigent pupils. By giving school supplies, pupils are motivated to come to school, because children are easily pleased and respond to new things and study tools making them more eager and enthusiastic to study.”
A young pupil thankfully addressed TYKFI and partners. “I pray that TYKFI is there for us, the needy, to help us out in our difficulties, especially in buying our needs in school.” Parents were equally grateful with a PTA member saying, “We will not be burdened with the high cost of school supplies for our children. We can use the saved money for their school uniforms instead of buying the supplies. The support of TYKFI is truly a blessing and a big help to pupils, parents, and the school.”
In San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, 1,637 Kindergartner, Prep, Grades 1 to 6, and High School schoolchildren from farming families received schools supplies packages from TYKFI in cooperation with DepEd and DSWD. Each contained (depending on grade level) a school bag, several writing notebooks, pad papers, extra fillers, pencils, and slippers.
DepEd Schools Division Superintendent in Occidental Mindoro Dr. Wilfredo Cabral addressed the parents and explained the role of DepEd as he thanked TYKFI. “To parents, you are very lucky that there’s this foundation that is providing our children with these school supplies. Our role in the DepEd is to monitor the attendance of your children in going to school and your role as parents is to encourage them to go to school everyday.”
In Sulpa, Villaba, Leyte, 106 pupils and six teachers as well as community members received school supplies packages containing bags, notebooks, pad papers, pencils, slippers, and raincoats (for schoolchildren), planting calendar and seeds, health care assessment with the medical mission and medicines (for both pupils and community members).
Villaba is a 4th class municipality in Leyte. 2010 Census statistics put the population at 43,839. During the medical mission conducted simultaneously with the distribution of school packages and planting calendars/seedlings, TYKFI Medical Scholars at UERMMMC Emma Concepcion Sinco and Quillano Cagadas, Jr. noted that many of the children suffered from upper respiratory tract infection and impacted cerumen as well as dental caries. They also documented other afflictions such urinary tract infection, dermatological infection, ear infection, acute Viral Infection, community acquired pneumonia, global developmental delay, diabetes mellitus type I.
Those present were only too happy to express their thoughts on the Adopt-A-School cum Medical Mission visit of the Foundation. Some of the comments follow.
“Masaya sa tulong ng TYK especially hindi maka-afford ng gamit pang-escuela.”—Rosalie Viovicente, Parent
“Malaking tulong sa mga bata sa pagpasok nila lalo na ang slippers at kapote.”—Visitacion Orias, Parent
“Malaking tulong para mapag-patuloy ang pag-aaral.”— Cherila Ando, Pupil of Sulpa Elementary School
“Very thankful to TYKFI for the school supplies,the launching of the vegetable garden and the medical mission; very appreciative of the presence of the higher school officials.”—Head Teacher Patricio Sanaco, Jr.
“On its first time to visit sulpa, TYK was the instrument to bring school officials Here. Malakas na partner ng DepEd ang TYKFI. Masuerte ang mga bata at magulang dahil sa maagang pasko. Ano ang kapalit ng gifts ng TYK? 1) Mag-aral mabuti. 2) Parents, suportahan ang eskuelahan at magtulungan. Even if Sulpa is farflung, education should be ongoing. Dapat magsikap din ang mga magulang, hindi lamang umaasa sa darating na tulong. Magtrabaho as construction worker, pagbubukid, at pagtatanim ng palay.”—Division Superintendent Dr. Sarah Apurillo
“Malaking tulong itong medical mission dahil wala kaming pampaduktor. Salamat sa mga gamut na dala ng Tan Yan Kee.”—John Paul Macasuhon, Pupil of Sulpa Elementary School