December 2012 and January of this year saw TYKFI in partnership with the Department of Education-Leyte Division, Asia Brewery, Inc., and Tanduay Distillers, Inc. Tacloban Sales Office in a food assistance project reaching out to some 5,000 pupils in various public schools of Leyte. They variously received reusable bags, t-shirts, food items, and cases of the health drink Ginger Roots Brew of Asia Brewery, Incorporated.
Dr. Sarah T. Apurillo, CEO VI, Schools Division Superintendent, Division of Leyte thanked the Foundation and Asia Brewery for the gifts to pupils whom she said came from remote areas of the province and for whom this was a first time in receiving gifts for the Christmas season.
Arnel Campos, Principal, Taberna Elementary School, noted that “the bag and the shirt are very useful and timely because most of our pupils here don’t have the financial capability to buy their uniforms. For the food items, this may be their first time to have a taste of these food items. Maybe in the near future the Foundation can provide school supplies and slippers for these pupils. Again, thank you very much.”
Ms. Clotilde Almaden, Amanluran Primary School thanked the Foundation for the support to pupils in “bringing cheers not just to them but to their parents as well.”
Imee Berdos, School in-charge, Himacugo Elementary School, touched by the effort commented, “with open hearts, the benefited recipients were really grateful to the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. With the support of Tanduay-Tacloban Sales Office, such momentous occasion really engraved extreme inspiration in the hearts of the Himacugo pupils.”
Teachers, LGU and Brgy. Officials and Tanduay-Tacloban Sales office help in the transportation and distribution of the said items from the DepEd Division Office to various remote schools. They include: Tanduay-Tacloban Sales Office personnel with Joram Bacoro - Manager, Gaudencio Labajosa - Supervisor, Alex Baredo - Supervisor,Tristan Santiago - Junior Supervisor; DepEd-Leyte Division headed by its OIC/Asst. Schools Division Superintent, Dr. Manuel Albano together with his education supervisors, district supervisors, schools heads; Tanduay-Tacloban Sales Office personnel.