The Ayala Coop has distributed some 5,167 school kits to elementary and high school students throughout the Philippines this year after its latest trips to the provinces to undertake this advocacy. The number has raised the total of school kits the Coop has given away to poor schoolchildren to 10,692 since the advocacy started four years ago.
The latest schools to be visited by Coop personnel are Jaclupan National High School in Cebu, Canlaas High School in Bohol, Caunayan Elementary School and Saud Elementary School in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, and De la Paz West Elementary School in Biñan, Laguna.
Earlier this year, the Coop also visited seven other schools, including Talipanan Mangyan Elementary School in Mindoro, Buklod Bahayan Daycare Center and Tartaria Elementary School in Cavite, De la Paz Elementary School in Laguna, and Caparispisan Primary School in Laoag City. Coop personnel also met with student leaders of the Ayala Young Leaders Council in Batangas.
The Coop has partnered with Ayala subsidiaries during these activities, with the latter arranging the visits in their respective localities and coordinating with the beneficiaries themselves. Branches of Bank of the Philippine Islands in Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo, Iligan and Batangas, Ayala Foundation, Integrated Microelectronics Inc., Manila Water subsidiaries Boracay Water Company and Clark Water as well as the North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation, a new Ayala subsidiary, have helped out the Coop in the CSR activities it has undertaken so far.
The Ayala Coop actually started the school kits program in 2012 as part of what GM Dina Orosa called the “education advocacy” of the organization.
“From the start, the Ayala Coop’s advocacy has always been education,” Ms. Orosa declared. “We started in Manila and now we’re going to the provinces to spread this advocacy. We’re glad we’re able to partner with our Ayala subsidiaries in this advocacy of ours.”
Other CSR initiatives
Aside from donating school kits, the Coop has also supported the L.E.T.S. Read Program, working with the Corazon S. Atayde Memorial Foundation, a nongovernment organization, to improve the English reading and comprehension skills of more than 300 pupils in public elementary schools nationwide. It now also has 17 scholars under the Affordable Private Education Center program that it started to support last year.
Earlier this year, the Ayala Coop also helped renovate the Sitio Anteg Day Care Center in Itogon Province, Benguet, subsidized the construction of a water tank for the Jaclupan National High School, and donated a toy library to the Yapak Elementary School in Aklan.
“The projects are all part of our corporate social responsibility initiatives in education,” Orosa said.
But the school kits program is still the Coop’s flagship program in its education advocacy as it has taken an expanded run since its inception. After a donation of 1,000 school kits in the program’s initial run at the Malanday Elementary School in Makati in 2012, the Coop has gone on to expand it to Batangas, Clark in Pampanga, Zambales and Iligan in 2014, and to such other places as Mindoro, Tondo and Binondo in Manila, Laguna, Aklan and Iloilo in 2015.
Coop personnel led by Emily Montino are shown with officials and students of Canlaas High School in Canlaas, Bohol during the Ayala Coop’s visit there.