Some 237 Grade 1 pupils of Gubat North Central School in Sorsogon benefitted from school supplies packages which help them pursue the remaining months of schooling.
School Principal Genelita A. Nantiza noted that the packages “are a big help for the students and an early Christmas gift for them”, adding “may TYKFI continue to support and help the Filipino children.”
Grade 1 Teacher Vanille Estipona sees the donation as “a great help in the central school to lessen cases of students dropping out of school for lack of materials and supplies”.
Meanwhile, in Nueva Vizcaya Education on Television (E-TV) packages, storybooks, school supplies were donated to beneficiary schools and pupils as follow:
Ukaw Elementary School
E-TV Package and 500 pieces storybooks
No. of pupils: 162
Tabueng Elementary School
E-TV Package and 500 pieces
No. of pupils: 117
Bambang North Central School
E-TV Package and 500 pieces
No. of pupils: 919
Mangayang Elementary School
E-TV Packageand 500 pieces
No. of pupils: 243
Genato Elementary School
No. of pupils: 89
Banganan and Yaway
Distribution of school supplies
No. of beneficiaries: Banganan
Yaway ES- 135 sets
Package contents: 1 school bag,
2 pad paper, 2 notebook, 2 pencil, 1 pair slippers
TYKFI’s Philip Sing said that the packages were also “the Christmas gift from our Chairman and President Dr. Lucio C. Tan to make everybody happy and full of energy and hope for the coming year.”
ABS-CBN’s Rino Ramos noted that out of 36,000 schools only 9,000 are E-TV-equipped “with the help and support of generous, kind partners like Tan Yan Kee Foundation. The package is composed of a 32-inch LED Flat TV, DVD player and 33 volumes plus teacher guide for incorporation in lesson plans and teachers’ video.
Ukaw Elementary School Teacher-in-Charge Juan Laguit was all praises as he spoke of the day when “we are much blessed because we have our Santa Claus - The Tan Yan Kee Foundation and ABS-CBN Foundation. Very happy for these donations; these are the very important materials to be used in their daily teaching”.
Mr. Eduardo Lejao, representing Aritao I District Supervisor Dr. Josie Conde pointed to the E-TV package of Bone North ES as a big factor in the elementary school’s topping the NAT 2012 in Aritao, Sta. Fe,Nueva Vizcaya. “Thus”, he asked Ukaw ES to receive the materials as “a rare opportunity and to appreciate them as a major help for learning.”
Head Teacher III Virginia Batalla of Tabueng ES waxed poetic in her gratefulness on behalf of “six dedicated teachers and 117 pupils”, saying “When the heart is full, the tongue is empty… I am overwhelmed with this donation.”
Mrs. Claverina Doculan Municipal Councilor, LGU- Aritao effectively summed up the local government’s appreciation saying, “thank you for all your support to Tabueng ES, for putting much value on education; LGU officials are very thankful and we wish that the tribe of TYKFI flourish and be of continuing help to the entire country”.
Grade 5 pupil Jervy Yu of Mangayang ES sincerely spoke of his deep gratitude saying, “Mag papasalamat po ako dahil binigyan nyo po kami ng DVD material upang makatulong po sa aming pag-aaral. Nagpapasala-mat po ako sa Tan Yan Kee dahil binigyan nyo po kami ng DVD material. MABUHAY PO KAYO at ang ABS–CBN Foundation maraming salamat po.”
Capping the December gift-giving, TYKFI celebrated with Tan Yan Kee Elementary School, Macdu ES, and Buyasyas ES via a short Christmas program, featuring an inter-cultural exchange by the pupils from the three schools performing their local traditional dances.
Cases of Roots Ginger Brew Drink courtesy of Asia Brewery, Incorporated and other gift items were given to the pupils and their families.
Present during the simple program were TYKES and Buyayas ES Principal Allan Paclit, Sta. Fe Vice Mayor Tidong Benito, Balete Brgy. Chairman Romeo Bugtong, and Macdu ES Principal Mia Ingusan.