Commitment to support education initiatives renewed-A A +A
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
THE Aboitiz Group, through the Aboitiz Foundation Inc., has re-affirmed its commitment to support the Department of Education (DepEd) in its efforts to improve the public education system in the country.
Aboitiz Foundation president Jon Ramon Aboitiz and Bro. Armin Luistro, DepEd Secretary, led other stakeholders in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that reinforces the foundation’s partnership with DepEd to provide assistance to public schools in the form of school buildings, assistance to teachers, food and nutrition, computer and science laboratories, and learning support.
In his message, Luistro encouraged both the parents and the students to do their share in ensuring that these donations will go a long way.
The MOU was signed during the foundation’s annual “Interventions in Education” held recently at the convention hall of JCentre Mall.
Witnessing the MOU signing were Aboitiz Group executives, DepEd and local government officials, and various stakeholders.
The foundation’s commitment to heed DepEd’s call has resulted in the construction of at least 500 classrooms; donation of thousands of armchairs, computers, library kits and laboratories; and awarding of scholarships to 17,820 scholars.
This partnership, said Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. president and chief executive officer Erramon I. Aboitiz, underscores the need for stakeholders “to continue working together to achieve a common goal of preparing the youth…to lead the country to progress and sustainable development.”
Foundation president Jon Ramon Aboitiz, for his part, urged the scholars to be passionate about learning and “be prepared to face opportunities that will come your way.”
Now on its seventh year, the “Interventions in Education” gathered students, teachers and parents who have benefited from the foundation’s commitment to ensure a better future for the youth and the communities where Aboitiz Group businesses operate.
During the event, scholars and their parents gave testimonials on how the foundation provided them with opportunities that could ensure them of a brighter future.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 10, 2012.