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Novo Ecijano kids get their surprise in a shoebox

Aboitiz Equity Ventures’s Government Relations team, Aboitiz Foundation, and Pilmico teamed up recently to present 950 students from Grades 3, 4, and 5 in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija with the shoeboxes containing school supplies and personal care items. The kids also received backpacks from the Aboitiz Foundation and freshly baked chocolate, caramel, and oatmeal walnut cookies and juice packs from Pilmico.

The gift-giving activity was carried out in support of the Philippine Army Artillery Regiment’s Project Shoebox, an ongoing initiative that provides underprivileged students with school supplies and other necessities.

According to Col. Arnulfo “Boyet” Burgos, Jr., Philippine Army Asst. Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, G7 Infantry Division, “This giving of school supplies and personal care items inside a shoebox proved to be a humble project, yet one that has a great impact not only to the beneficiaries, but to the community as well. It gave the children hope that they can rise from their poverty if they study hard, and mostly of all, to demonstrate that someone continues to look after their welfare.”