073115bLao Foundation recently met with PNP Foundation and PNP CIDG to finalize the memorandum of agreement (MOA) and the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the LFI-PNPFI-PNP CIDG Educational Assistance project --- a project to help uplift the morale of PNP CIDG personnel through the grant of educational assistance to dependents of qualified PNP CIDG personnel who are killed in police operation, and/or seriously wounded or incapacitated in the performance of duty.

The meeting was held at the office of Philippine National Police Foundation, Inc. (PNPFI) in San Juan City attended by PNPFI Executive Director P/Dir. Victor G. Batac (Ret), CIDG Police Superintendent Nino David Rabaya, CIDG Police Senior Inspector Jefferson Ison, LFI representatives, and other PNPFI and PNP CIDG representatives.

PNPFI Executive Director P/Dir. Victor G. Batac expressed PNPFI’s desire to be an active partner by way of handling and managing all funds for this LFI-PNPFI-PNP CIDG Educational Assistance project. PNPFI is a foundation certified by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC). The current chairman is Secretary Panfilo Lacson and the vice chairman is Ms. Teresita Ang-See.

On the other hand, PNP CIDG Police Superintendent Nino David Rabaya expressed his deepest gratitude for choosing them as recipient of the project. They will create a PNP CIDG Educational Assistance Board who shall oversee this project. He suggests the formal signing of the MOA to be done at Camp Crame within the month of August 2015.

Written by: EJ T. Lao

073115Western medicine has always been the familiar approach towards healing the body from sickness and injury. However, many people are unaware that traditional remedies can be just as effective. Alternative treatment such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and ventosa has existed for centuries, and remains the underground procedures towards good health. In fact, these methods could be just as, if not, even more effective than the average pill and at times, can relieve the malaise that western medicine can’t.

Lunas Tradisyonal brings you the rare opportunity to alleviate and eliminate the pains that have hampered your body from performing at its best. The 6-month project offers D&L personnel the chance to try out these traditional methods that have been known to cure a vast range of common illnesses such as: hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and dyslipidemia (abnormal levels of cholesterol).

The project, spearheaded by D&L HRD in partnership with Natural Health Foundation of the Philippines and Lao Foundation, Inc. commenced on July 13 2015, and the number of participants are growing each week. Below are some written testimonials from those who have taken part in the project:

Bhernadette Mae Recaido from the Accounting Department of D&L Industries has been suffering from gastritis and scoliosis for the past four years. “Before, I used to suffer mild pain every time I felt hungry or very full, sometimes bloated. After 2 sessions [of Lunas Tradisyonal acupuncture], I noticed regular bowel movement and relaxed stomach during intake of food.”

Hector Esguerra from CTIBD-Production: “Before, almost everyday, I experienced feelings of bloatedness and discomfort every time I ate meals. But now [after 2 sessions of acupuncture] I can say that it is improving because I can move with ease and less pain.”

An anonymous source stated: “There is discomfort during waking hours in the morning in the area of the nose. But four days after the 1st acupuncture [session] on the nose, there was a slight but noticeable improvement already”

073015Charity First Foundation, Inc. (CFFI) is composed of individuals with sincere intentions in being a catalyst for change in the lives of people and the society. This entails helping the Filipino poor while at the same time providing a venue for others who are willing to help and eventually be influenced to do good deeds.

For SY 2015-2016, Lao Foundation, Inc. (LFI) is pleased to welcome fifteen (15) new scholars under the LFI-CFFI College Scholarship Project. The scholars now enrolled at Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) are taking up BS Accountancy, BS Mechanical Engineering, BS Civil Engineering and BS Computer Engineering courses. This new batch of 15 scholars is in addition to the 35 current scholars under the same project.

Aside from the financial assistance for their tuition fees, books, transportation, meals, and project allowances, the scholars are required to attend the once a month Life Skills and Motivational Seminars (LSMS). This monthly LSMS provides a holistic approach to learning and personal development. They are also given mentoring and counseling services to ensure that the scholar’s needs and concerns are adequately met. These sessions prepare the scholars who would transition from the academe unto the marketplace of life and help ensure that they will be competitive, competent and confident.

This is a fact that D&L can attest to as two of its former scholars are now with the group of companies and both are commended for their good performance and competence. Janine Tumara a BSBA Finance & Treasury Management graduate of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) last March 2015 is now with LBL Prime Properties as documentation and liaison staff. Princess Guia a BS Marketing Management graduate last year is with Oleo-Fats, Inc. as marketing sales assistance.

Consistent to its mission to provide quality education and values formation to the underprivileged Filipino children through a variety of programs and projects, Lao Foundation further strengthens this commitment in partnership with Charity First Foundation.

Indeed, a brighter future is in store for these scholars!

We also congratulate the following scholars under batch 2015 graduates in reaching this milestone of employment with different companies.

Anne Lorraine Escolano, Marketing Staff at Fortune General Insurance Company
Nereza Rojas, Teacher I at Divine Grace Center of Studies
Marissa Talisay, Data Analyst at Microsourcing Philippines
Romelyn Tuazon, Service Associate at City Savings Bank
Janine Tumara, Documentation & Liason Staff at D&L Industries, Inc.
Robin Vicente, Clearing Assistant at Robinsons Bank
Eileen Kaye Yague, Guidance Admin at Diliman Preparatory School



Lao Foundation’s English Literacy Program in partnership with BINHI Foundation that supports and strengthens government efforts to provide quality education, through its partnership with schools and community officially started with 305 students!

For four years now, the program has improved the learning outcomes of students categorized as non readers and slow readers through the proven teaching methodologies of the DepEd accredited multi-level learning kits for grades 2 and 3 students. And for this year, in addition to its sponsored schools, LFI brought the program to the community daycare centers with the thought that providing pre-reading skills to these pre-schoolers will lessen the non-readers and slow readers in the regular schools and will prevent these kids from being subjected to the trauma of not being able to read at the end of their grade 1.

Last June 18-29, 2015 three weeks into the regular classes, pre-tests were conducted in four (4) LFI sponsored elementary schools---Libis Elementary School, Bagumbayan Elementary School, Tomas Earnshaw Elementary School and San Ramon Elementary School----and two (2) Barangay Daycare Centers in Punta, Sta. Ana Manila. Together with D&L Group personnel and BINHI volunteers one-on-one testing were conducted to approximately 500 pre-schoolers and non-reader/slow-reader students.

The students’ fluency were tested by asking them to read what they should already know using sight words, word play and word study. Their comprehension level were also tested through their storytelling capability and by answering questions about the story read to them.

70% of those tested in the schools qualified for the program. The pre-test result revealed some students had difficulty reading simple words like “we, can, run, away, you, will, play, ball, with, me.” They also find it hard recognizing the beginning letter of the word in the picture, its middle sound and basic sight words in text.

In an article posted at RTI Action Network (A program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities) in New York says that “learning to read is arguably the most important work of students in the early elementary grades. Learning to read lays the foundation for future learning and understanding across all areas of the curriculum. Without this foundation, students will struggle to achieve academically in not only reading and writing, but also in areas such as math, science and social studies”.

In this English Literacy Program, those who have failed and qualified to become LFI-BINHI scholars will go through a six (6) months after school tutorial program. Struggling students will be given an opportunity to enhance their reading skills, develop better communication and gain confidence through social interaction.

Series of parents’ orientation in the different schools and 2 barangays were conducted on the last week of June until 3rd week of July to orient them about the program and to emphasize the importance of their cooperation and support for the success of the program. The parents were asked to sign up for the program on "first come-first serve basis" and to give 10 hours "sweat equity" assisting the English Literacy Class teachers in the management of the classes.

On July 6, Kit 0 (pre-reading kit) classes have started at Brgy 894 and 898 Day Care Centers. This week starting Monday, July 20 Kit 1 (beginning reading kit) and Kit 2 (independent reading kit) classes started at San Ramon ES, Tomas Earnshaw ES and Bagumbayan ES. Next week July 27, Kit 1 and 2 classes will start at Libis ES.

Lao Foundation would like to thank the following D&L personnel for their assistance by giving their time and commendable patience in the conduct of the pre-tests.

Dalisay Manlapaz
Abegail Lorenzon
Silver Shineth Nugas
Norberto Cabatea
Glenn Pajarillaga
Lei Patapat
Cecille Barte
Pam Baltazar
Joy Sibulan
Karen Penaflor
Franz Ramos
Diane Lucero
Miriam Rufil
Joey Roxas





As of 24 May 2018