|PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V Pangilinan leads the turnover of the School-in-a-Bag to North Bay Boulevard North Elementary School in Navotas, Metro Manila. With him during the turnover are, from left: Navotas Congressman John Rey Tiangco, PLDT-Smart Foundation President Esther Santos and PLDT and Smart Public Affairs Head Ramon Isberto.|
‘No learner left behind’
MANILA, Philippines, July 28, 2020 – PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V Pangilinan, who is also known as MVP, recently marked his birthday through various activities that aim to help schools prepare to reopen classes.
MVP led the turnover of the School-in-a-bag (SIAB) donation to North Bay Boulevard North Elementary School in Navotas, Metro Manila. The SIAB donation forms part of the $50K grant from Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc. to the PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF).
“Education has long been one of main pillars of the corporate social responsibility programs of PLDT and Smart. As we navigate through the new normal, we continue to support the country’s educational system by empowering students and teachers nationwide through flexible learning modalities,” Pangilinan said.
North Bay Boulevard North Elementary School was personally chosen by MVP to be the first SIAB recipient from the Huawei grant. The school has 60 teachers, while student enrollment has recently risen to 1,400. It is located in one of the poorest informal settler communities in Metro Manila.
Along with the SIAB donation, MVP through the PSF also turned over 66 tablets that will be given to Grade 6 students in Navotas Market Three.
SIAB, which contains 20 tablets, one laptop, and a Smart Pocket Wifi, is one of PLDT and Smart’s pioneering efforts to improve the digital tools and solutions for the education system in the country.
Meanwhile, MVP also donated food supplies to the Armed Forces of the Philippines for its soldiers and their families. The distribution of 1,000 packs of rice and vegetables was done through the PSF.
Locally Stranded Indivdials (LSIs) currently staying at the Philippine Army Gym in Taguig receive lunch meals from the Tulong Kapatid which the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consortium under the leadership of Pangilinan.
Through Tulong Kapatid, the CSR consortium of the MVP Group of Companies, 900 lunch meals were provided to locally stranded individuals (LSIs) staying at the Philippine Army Gym in Taguig. Members of the Tulong Kapatid who were part of the feeding initiative include the PSF, One Meralco Foundation, Metro Pacific Investments Foundation, Makati Medical Center Foundation, Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc., Maynilad and Meralco MGen.