Jan 31, 2018

3 more schools get royal treatment
from Coop, other institutions

For the Ayala Coop, helping out the community, and helping out especially the youth of the country, never gets old.

This was again demonstrated when the Ayala Coop, in partnership with Ayala Foundation and two other institutions – the Philippine Toy Library and the Corazon S. Atayde Memorial Foundation – undertook several more corporate social responsibility programs in Basilan and Palawan to benefit three more schools.

The programs involved setting up toy libraries for schoolchildren at the Balas and Tairan Elementary Schools in Basilan and at the Pasadena Elementary School in El Nido, Palawan.  The schoolchildren in all three schools were also treated to storybook reading exercises, with a number of them being included in the Learning English Through Stories (L.E.T.S.) program to be implemented in their schools by the Coop in cooperation with the Atayde Foundation.

Training and workshop

Selected school teachers also had the privilege of undergoing a training and workshop to further equip them in teaching their pupils.

The toy libraries were set up, just as they were in five other schools where the Coop has had CSR involvement, by converting a classroom in the partner school into a play and resource area.  It was conceived as part of a “holistic” approach to make the education of young schoolchildren more comprehensive, covering social interactive play to help them express their thoughts and helping their sensorial, behavioral and communicative development.

Besides AFI, the Philippine Toy Library and the Atayde Foundation, the Ayala Coop also partnered with the 4th Special Forces Battalion in setting up the toy libraries in Basilan.

Personalities present

Present during the launching done last January 16 of the toy library in Balas were Rommel Buenaventura and Marie Nava, the school’s principal and supervisor, respectively; Lamitan City District Supervisor Dr. Saudi Dalu; Edsel Ramirez and Queenie Militar, Children’s Community Play Area president and community relations officer, respectively; Atayde Foundation Executive Director Margaux Atayde; 1st Lt. Mark Christian Sta. Ana of the 4th Special Forces Battalion; Jessa Addun and Maricar Fernando of AFI; and Jenifer Luyun and Mary Grace Bando of the Coop.

In attendance in the Tairan toy library launching a day later, meanwhile, were Sonny Dindin, Joven Jagoh and Jerrilyn Asanti, Tairan school principal, cluster head and supervisor, respectively; Basilan SDS Hja. Norhaya Abdurahim, Capt. Andrew Abay as well as AFI, Philippine Toy Library, Atayde Foundation and Coop officals.

On the other hand, on hand during the Pasadena toy library launch last January 30 were El Nido Vice Mayor Leonor Corral, district supervisor Daniel Belleza, Pasadena head teacher Marlon Batoy, Parent-Teacher’s Association President Erlie Barrun, Lamoro Barangay Captain Dario Campuid, AFI manager Chiara Cruza, the Coop’s Sarah Razonable and Mispah Grace Villacarlos, and officials of the Coop’s other partner groups.


El Nido Vice Mayor Leonor Corral (third from left) and Department of Education District Supervisor Daniel Belleza (partly covered) cut the ceremonial ribbon opening the Pasadena Elementary School toy library in El Nido, Palawan as (from left, foreground) Pasadena head teacher Marlon Batoy, Lamoro Barangay Captain Dario Campuid, the Ayala Coop’s Sarah Razonable, and the Philippine Toy Library’s Edsel Ramirez and Chiara Cruz applaud.


A Pasadena Elementary School teacher attends to her pupils as they try to use the toy library for the first time.

Officers and representatives of the Ayala Coop, Ayala Foundation, Atayde Foundation, Philippine Toy Library and Balas Elementary School are shown at the new toy library set up at the said school (clockwise, from left foreground): Jessa Addun, Maricar Fernando, Rommel Buenaventura, Grace Bando, Queenie Militar, Margaux Atayde, Edsel Ramirez and Private First Class Jimenez of the Philippine Army.

The pupils are now inside the toy library and get their names called before being able to indulge in play inside.

The Balas pupils get a taste of story telling courtesy of Grace Bando in one of the activities they had at the new facility.

Basilan School District Superintendent Hja. Norhaya Abdurahim leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony that opened the Tairan Elementary School toy library as the pupils watch nearby.

The Coop’s Grace Bando receives a certificate of appreciation from Capt. Andrew Abay and PFC Jimenez of the Philippine Army for the Coop’s contribution to the realization of the toy library.

Jenifer Luyun gets his turn as Coop representative.

Pupils of Tairan excitedly raise their hands during the roll call inside the toy library.

The Coop’s Grace Bando again essays her role as story teller before the pupils even as the mascot Sponge Bob in the person of PFC Jimenez lurks.