San Luis, Pampanga. It was a promising and hopeful afternoon for the students from San Luis Central School and San Juan Elementary School as they were about to receive gifts from the Lucio Tan Group of Companies through Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc (TYKFI) Adopt-a-School Project. A total of 854 students which belong to the 4P’s of DSWD were bright-eyed as they each accepted a bag with notebooks, pad papers, pencils, and pair of slippers from the foundation last August 30, 2014.
The ceremony started with an invocation, national anthem then welcome addresses from Social Welfare Officer III, LGU San Luis Ms. Christine O. Centeno and Ms. Valerie Tan from TYKFI. DSWD and MSWD representatives helped the foundation distribute the goods to the students. Municipal Mayor Venancio S. Macapagal pointed out that the assistance supports the families in their expenses, “It will help the students particularly the indigents in their activities in school. It will also help their parents financially, instead of shouldering the expenses in buying the supplies, they received them free.”
Provincial Link of 4P’s – DSWD, Fritzie Joy Cunanan told TYKFI on how the donations will inspire the students, “there should be commitment; the students will be inspired to go to school every day and have a feeling that they are so blessed because there are so many people who wants to help them.” She also emphasized on how the project is in line with the government program, “this will support the augmentation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD and level of maintainance aside from financial help. The school bag is the social army of education.”
On the other hand, a student has a unique view on the project’s impact. Instead of just influencing the students, she said that the gift-giving somehow also changed the perspective of the parents: “the program influenced our parents in becoming aware of how important the school materials to us students,” claimed Yvonne C. Peña, Grade VI Student from San Juan Elementary School. The day ended with grateful smiles from the teachers, parents, government officials, and most especially the students.