The Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. (TYKFI), as part of its Adopt-a-School program, reached out to Ilocos Sur and Vigan City. The Foundation distributed school supplies to three (3) schools: Babayoan and Sidaoen Elementary Schools in Sta. Cruz District, Ilocos Sur and San Julian Elementary School in Vigan City last August 22, 2014. A total of 591 students received the school supplies consisting of a bag with notebooks, pad papers, pencils, raincoat, a pair of slippers and school uniforms.
In Babayoan Elementary School, the program started with an invocation by Rev. Fr. Saranay Respicio, followed by the welcome of School Head Mrs. Violeta Javonillo. She led the acceptance and commitment program. She said “It is a great manifestation that God is always good. It answers the problem of parents in the unavailability of complete school supplies. It lessens the burden on the part of the parents.” She also requested the parents to help them mold and nurture their children for their future depends upon their proper upbringing, help them study harder and send them to school everyday. Teacher III Elvira Ormilla committed that she will help sustain the project by “…encourage[ing] and teach[ing] them how to take care of the things they received.”
Meanwhile in Sidaoen Elementary School, the invocation was led by Bro. Emmanuel Castro, and the welcome remarks was delivered by Teacher-in-Charge Mr. Frisco M. Josue.
“OVERJOYED AND GRATEFUL – these described what the entire Sidaoen Elementary School feels today as we welcome another blessing from kind-hearted stakeholder of this institution – the TAN YAN KEE FOUNDATION,” expressed by School Head, Mr. Frisco M. Josue in his welcome remarks. He further said “Ang pagbibigay halaga ninyo sa kapakanan ng edukasyon ng mga bata ay nagsisilbing inspirasyon upang lalo pa nilang pagbutihin ang kanilang pag-aaral. Sa nasasaksihan nilang pagtulong ninyo ay laging nakatatak sa kanilang isip na minsan sa yugto ng kanilang pag-aaral ay mayroon tumutulong at yan ang TAN YAN KEE FOUNDATION.” Parents were motivated to enroll their kids in Sidaoen Elementary school because of TYKFI’s continuous support for the school, “Tatlo sa aking mga anak ay nag-aaral sa Sidaoen Elementary School kasi may tumutulong na foundation na gaya ng TYKFI,” said parent Thelma Polonio.
In San Julian Elementary School, the opening message was given by Principal II Editha C. Bagcal followed by a message from Vigan City Mayor Eva Medina through SPM George Villanueva. In his speech, SPM Villanueva thanked the Tan Yan Kee Foundation for the support and donations given to Vigueño children. He said, “I believe that they have made the education of our children the principal cause of their Foundation and for that we are forever grateful. I am pleased to convey our gratitude to the Tan Yan Kee Foundation for the school supplies turned over today. I also thank you in behalf of the children and parents of Vigan, particularly those who are struggling to keep their children in school. Thank you for fully understanding what the poor children need and hope. May you continue to include the Vigueño children in all your undertakings.” He also addressed the children, parents and teachers. He said, “To the children who are here today, treasure these opportunities that are given to you. Masursuro tayo koma ti agyaman ken dagiti nay ited nga makatulong iti pinagbasa yo. Subalitan tayo koma detoy nga oportunidad iti napasnek nga pinagbasa tapno maragsakan met iti Tan Yan Kee Foundation ken tapno itultuloy da latta iti pinangited da iti tulong kanyatayo. Ken dagiti memestra ken nagannak, tulungan tayo dagiti annak tayo tapno haan met masayang dagitoy may it-ited nga tulong kanyada. Once again, to the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, thank you for this generous gesture.”
TYKFI always ensures that the donations are what the children really need. In his speech, SPM George Villanueva pointed this out, “Thank you for fully understanding what the poor children need and hope. May you continue to include the Vigueño children in all your undertakings.”