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Aboitiz Group and DepEd sign MOU renewing partnership to boost public education

Renewed commitment has been unveiled by the Aboitiz Group at its annual Interventions in Education event last July 24 at the Enderun Colleges in Taguig City, strengthening its Adopta- School partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will boost the country’s public education system.

Aboitiz, through its social development arm, Aboitiz Foundation renewed its commitment and formally presented all its education-related projects, including initiatives from its 27 business units. “Our strong commitment to education resonates in our commitment to help make all Filipino children lifelong learners through our Education for a BetterWorld campaign. We firmly believe that education is where we can make the greatest impact and we continue to advance ourefforts to help improve it in our country. Over half of our group-wide CSR budget is allocated for education-related programs,” stressed Aboitiz Foundation chairman Erramon I. Aboitiz.

In 2014, Aboitiz spent P437 million or 72% of its total corporate social responsibility budget allocation – the biggest so far – to help realize its goal of achieving universal public education by establishing “BetterWorld” schools that promise better learning environment.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said Aboitiz is one of the first [partners] to show consistency in its commitment to education. “Aboitiz is a partner in almost anything that the education sector needs. I have never seen an organization extending support from kindergarten all the way to college, and even beyond [graduating] college,” Luistro said, encouraging the scholars to make the most out of this opportunity, study hard, and follow their dreams.

In partnership with DepEd, the Group continuously intensifies the development of special science elementary schools (SSES) and technical-vocational (TechVoc) high schools, constructs Silid Pangarap kindergarten schools in collaboration with the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) Foundation, repairs and constructs regular classrooms, facilitates teacher skills trainings, and grants scholarships and financial assistance to deserving students.

Aboitiz congratulated 39 of the company’s college scholars who graduated this year, 23 of whom are with Latin honors. In the last 27 years, more than 27,000 students have benefitted from its scholarship and financial program.