DepEd seals partnership with private sectors on education support

December 5, 2017

PASIG CITY, December 5, 2017 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones led the ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with partners from private companies and organizations on November 27, 2017 to further strengthen the shared responsibility for education and improve teaching and learning in public schools.
In her speech, Briones expressed her appreciation of the private sector’s support: “I would like to thank all of you for sharing your resources for the benefit of our 26.6 million learners and 647,000 teachers in the country.”
Recounting the story of the fourth wise man – Altaba, who sold his riches to buy precious gifts for the Messiah, but spent them along the way in helping the poor – the Education chief said the help given by the private sector to learners in public schools will be rewarded by God because they have done it to the least of their brethren.
“If you are truly seeking the truth, if you are seeking the meaning of life, if you are seeking the meaning of Christmas, you can find it among the children you are serving,” the Secretary emphasized.
DepEd External Partnerships Service (EPS) Director Margarita Ballesteros likewise extended her gratitude to the generosity of the sponsors as she coined a new meaning to “DepEd” - “determined to educate and provide programs for the less privileged.”
Colgate-Palmolive Philippines agreed to donate toothpaste, toothbrushes, and oral health education materials for students in public elementary schools. This is under their Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF) Program. In coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), the program has been running for 20 years and has benefited 1.8 million learners nationwide. Atty. Christine Bio and Angel David II, Head of Oral Care, represented the company.
EPSON Philippines Corporation turned over 13 Epson Technology packages consist of two colored printers, three function monochrome, one dot matrix printer, ink supplies, two projectors, and one document camera. Under the Epson Gift of Brightness Program, the packages will be given to selected public schools nationwide. To date, the company has been serving 45 schools. Ms. Donna Ferro, Head of Communications, attended on behalf of the company.
Meanwhile, the Global Peace Foundation Philippines, Inc., through its All Lights Village (ALV) Program, committed to provide solar-powered LED lantern to underdeveloped communities. Their Global Peace Foundation Alternative Learning System (GlobALS) will continue to extend education opportunities to out-of-school children, youth, and adults, while their Global Peace Volunteers program will continue to develop the students’ leadership and personal growth. The foundation has been helping 45 communities in remote areas. The agreement was signed by Mr. Jinsoo Kim, Chairman and Regional President, with Jocelyn Remigio, Program Director.
Lamoiyan Corporation, under its health awareness campaign Kilusang Kontra Kuto (KKK), will conduct free shampooing with Licealiz products and Hapee Kiddie toothpaste. The company has served 23,200 students in 116 public schools nationwide in its four-year program implementation. The company was represented by Mr. Joel Conrad Pedro, Executive Vice President, and Ms. Bing Cavestanny, Marketing Director.
Further, Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc. committed to provide ceramic tiles and accessories, sanitary wares, and other classroom and toilet construction materials. The MOA signing was represented by its President Mr. Phaskhorn Buranamit.
Mondelez Philippines, Inc. and Philippine Business for Social Progress, under its Joy Schools Program, pledged to provide balanced meals to 400 severely wasted children for five days in nine months. Aside from supplementary feeding program and nutrition education, they will also facilitate employee engagement through volunteerism. Mr. Reynaldo Laguda, Executive Director of PBSP, and Ms. Shanahan Chua, Corporate and Government Affairs Head, served as the representatives.
Quipper Ltd. will continue to provide high quality, localized multimedia learning resources, and online learning management system to teachers and students, as it has been doing to 33 schools division offices for several years. To date, about 1.6 million students have been accessing their e-learning solutions. The company was represented by Mr. Yuki Naotori, Country Director, Ms. Seleena Kate Male, Marketing Manager, and Mr. Angelico Mercader, Content Manager.
Finally, SMART Communications, Inc. turned over their TechnoCart and School-in-a-Bag intended for selected public schools nationwide. The TechnoCart contained one laptop, one tablet, one LCD projector, and one Smart Bro pocket Wifi with starter load. The School-in-a-Bag, meanwhile, is a portable digital classroom with one solar panel, one LED television, one teacher’s laptop, five student tables, one Smart Bro LTE pocket Wifi, and one memory drive for storage and curriculum-based educational content. Mr. Ramon Isberto, Public Affairs Group Head, was the representative of the company.
Atty. Tonisito M.C. Umali, Undersecretary for Legislative Liaison, External Partnerships, and School Sports, also graced the occasion.