THE Aboitiz Foundation, in partnership with the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) Foundation, on Friday turned over a total of 30 fully furnished kindergarten classrooms to the Department of Education (DepEd), as part of the foundations’ continuing efforts to fully address the lack of classrooms among kindergarten pupils in the public schools.
The Silid Pangarap classrooms, built in 15 schools nationwide, are seen to benefit 1,800 kindergarten pupils.
Since 2011, the Aboitiz Foundation has spent over P143 million to build 246 Silid Pangarap classrooms in 123 schools nationwide, benefiting over 55,000 kindergarten students.
“We in Aboitiz believe that a better-educated youth means a better Philippines. We believe that it is in education where we can create the greatest impact so it is only fitting that we allocate the bulk of our CSR [Corporate Social Responsibility] budget to it,” Aboitiz foundation chairman Erramon Aboitiz said.
In 2015, the Aboitiz group spent a total of P415 million on corporate social responsibility initiatives that had a positive impact on the lives of over 500,000 direct beneficiaries. Of this amount, P232 million or 56 percent was allotted to realize the group’s promise of delivering a better learning environment for students through facilities and assets alike.
It was also last year that DepEd recognized the Aboitiz Group as a long-standing partner in the government’s bid to uplift the state of the country’s public education system, and as the Philippines’ biggest contributor to public education.
“Indeed, AGAPP Silid Pangarap is more than just a school building. To the excited and curious little girls and boys it has welcomed over the years, it is where their dreams and imagination are awakened and nurtured. It is our privilege to be able to do our part and we commit to continue doing our part to help make our youth become lifelong learners,” Aboitiz added.