Photo shows, from left: Department of Education Undersecretary Tonisito "Tony” Umali and BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Cammayo during the signing of Deed of Donation and Deed of Acceptance in BPI Buendia Center, Makati City.
The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), through its social development arm, BPI Foundation recently turned over printers, ink, and bond paper to the Department of Education (DepEd), that will benefit over 90,000 students from 60 public schools across seven (7) regions.
This is part of the "Bagong Taon, Bagong Pag-asa" project which aims to ease the challenges faced by public schools, educators and students as they adapt to a blended learning model and prepare for the return of face-to-face classes amid the ongoing pandemic.
"Essential to every recovery is the mutual support and cooperation between the government and the private sector," said BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Cammayo. "We need more changemakers, especially during these challenging times and education is a key enabler for change and nation building. We are delighted to support DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela program whose slogan – Bayanihan para sa Paaralan is well aligned with our own advocacy for the Bayanihan culture."
Each identified public school will receive two (2) printers, bottles of ink with 5,000 yields, and 100 reams of bond paper.
DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito "Tony” Umali emphasized the importance of these donations in ensuring the students’ continued education. "Mula sa paggawa ng lesson plan, pag-imprenta ng modules at activity sheets na sasagutin, pati pagbibigay ng feedback, kailangan ng mga papel at gadgets para maipalimbag ang lahat ng ito (From making a lesson plan, to printing modules and activity sheets, as well as for giving feedback, paper and gadgets are needed to print all of it)," he said.
One of the principals from Tangle Elementary School in Pampanga, Kathrene David expressed her gratitude for the support they received in these trying times, saying, “Bayanihan spirit is still alive. This is what we realize because indeed it was proven that we are never alone in our goals to provide quality education to our learners amid this situation. Thank you for these donations that will surely be of great help for us to deliver quality education to our learners."
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