Since 2010, the Foundation has been a frequent visitor to the mountainous school of Macdu Elementary School in Barangay Pinayag, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya to extend various forms of assistance to its tightly-knit community of vegetable farmers. For many years, it has also helped the youth of the local barangay through the building of school classrooms, a gym, teacher training programs, school children grooming, and school supplies provision.
On September 13, 2018, the Foundation once again gave each of the 245 school children new school bags complete with three notebooks, pad papers, two pencils or ballpens, pair of slippers, cap, t-shirt uniform, as well as a box of Camay Beauty Bath Soap per student from kinder to grade six.
The activity was attended by teachers and parents, as well as Punong Barangay Hon. Longcoy Martes, PTA president Jane Mano, and local church pastor, Ptr. Maricar Ngadanan.
The teachers and parents as well as the guests expressed their gratitude not only for the school supplies, but also for the ingraining of proper hygiene habits for the school children. Just as it was once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” the Foundation continues to invest time, mileage and support to Macdu Elementary School in the hope of raising a young generation of knowledge-eager school children dreaming of a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Formerly called Balete Primary School, the Tan Yan Kee Elementary School has been a constant partner of the Foundation in caring for the schoolchildren of Balete, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya since its adoption of the Foundation’s name, which was in honor of Dr. Lucio C. Tan’s father, in 2011.
TYKES used to cater to grades one to two only, and prior to the Foundation’s intervention some seven years ago, the only teaching staff left was already preparing to transfer to another school.. After undergoing some improvements in its academic curriculum and school facilities, it was named Tan Yan Kee Elementary School and had its first batch of graduates in 2012.
Since then, TYKES has been a beneficiary of various forms of school assistance, one of which is the annual school supplies distribution by the Foundation where the students receive various school supplies they use for the whole school year.
This year, 137 students received on September 26, 2018, a set of school supplies that included notebooks, pad papers, pencils and pens, slippers, t-shirt uniform, cap, slippers, and bath soaps.
The program started with a fellowship through a Holy Mass officiated by Fr. Jerome Ponce of the Divine Mercy Chapel in Sta. Fe. It was attended by former Sta. Fe Mayor Teodorico Padilla and the grateful local barangay officials headed by Barangay Captain Romeo Bugtong, parents, and teachers.
The season of giving knows no time. A heart so pure could give so much to those in need only expecting the recipients to become better persons. The Foundation’s efforts in taking care of the school children in Nueva Vizcaya are all worth it once we see the changes these gifts have brought in their lives.