Kindergarten classrooms get upgrade

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 (From left) Telus International Philippines’ Vice President for Brand, Marketing and Culture Warren Tait, Hands on Manila Board of Trustees Lizette Cojuangco and Gina Aboitiz officially turn over the refurbished two-classroom kindergarten building at Tenement Elementary School

(From left) Telus International Philippines’ Vice President for Brand, Marketing and Culture Warren Tait, Hands on Manila Board of Trustees Lizette Cojuangco and Gina Aboitiz officially turn over the refurbished two-classroom kindergarten building at Tenement Elementary School

The youth and education sector of Taguig City got a major boost when volunteers from a private company cleaned up and refurbished a two-classroom kindergarten building at Tenement Elementary School.

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No less than 2,000 volunteers from Telus International Philippines (TIP), leading outsourcing services provider, joined the outreach program to the Tenement, which is the second most populated elementary school in the city with a population of over 9,000 preschool to grade six students.

The kick-off event began with a blessing of the building that was conducted by Rev. Fr. Mark Emman Hao Sese, the community parish priest. Local government officials, school faculty, kindergarten students, parents, representatives from Hands on Manila, as well as members of TIP’s leadership team attended.

Prior to the revamp, the school’s kindergarten students had to contend with congested and run-down classrooms due to lack of funds. With this new building now fully functional, the children will start enjoying a new environment that is conducive to learning.

Tenement Elementary School Principal Geronima Garcia shared her gratitude for TIP’s generous efforts, “On behalf of the teachers, parents and pupils, we thank you for donation your time to refurbish our two-classroom kindergarten building. We are very happy. This will help augment the number of classrooms in this school. There will be eight sections with a total of 320 pupils who will occupy these rooms,” she said.

Hands on Manila Board Trustee Gina Aboitiz also expressed her delight with a few encouraging words. “Today is a Thanksgiving Day. We have made over two kindergarten classrooms at Tenement Elementary School. This day wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Telus and all their volunteers. I would like to highlight the importance of a good relationship with Telus that has made Hands on Manila a trusted foundation partner. To the students, we hope in the future you will be the one to help your school,
your community,” she said.

 Besides refurbishing, the classrooms are also made more colorful with mural paintings

Besides refurbishing, the classrooms are also made more colorful with mural paintings

The newly constructed facility was actually the highlight of TIP’s annual Days of Giving when more than 2,000 TIP team members volunteered to clean up and refurbish Tenement Elementary School.

This was implemented in partnership with Hands on Manila for the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela program. Brigada Eskwela is a school cleanup program that engages stakeholders to donate their time, effort, and resources to ensure public school facilities are ready for the next school year.

TIP strongly believes that the organization’s service and contributions to the community should not stop at TDOG, as it believes in a sustainable corporate social responsibility program.

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