052615Lao Foundation (LFI) entered into Memorandum of Agreements (MOAs) with Binhi Foundation (BINHI), 4 sponsored schools, and 2 barangays for the implementation of the 24-week English Literacy Project for SY 2015-2016.

The 4 sponsored schools are Bagumbayan Elementary School (BES) represented by Principal Felix Malunes, Jr., Libis Elementary School (LES) represented by Principal Chelma Cabatic, San Ramon Elementary School (SRES) represented by Principal Inocencia Opeña, Thomas Earnshaw Elementary School (TEES) represented by Dr. Sarah Viado,

While the 2 daycare centers are Barangays 894 and 898 in Sta. Ana Manila represented by Chairman Cesar Sta. Ana and Chairman Jimmy Anselmo, respectively.

For BINHI, Ms. Lisa Bayot signed the MOAs.

The BINHI English Literacy project provides learning support to students who are non-reader or slow-readers, through English literacy classes using proven methodologies. This DepEd accredited curriculum includes:

1. Pre-reading Kit 0 for 4-5 years old, intended for pre-schoolers.

2. Beginning Reading Literacy Program or Kit 1 aimed to teach basic reading skills in grade 2.

3. Independent Reading Literacy Program or Kit 2 geared towards enhancing the reading comprehension in grade 3.

This school year, LFI will be sponsoring Kit 0 for the 2 barangay daycare centers in Sta. Ana, Manila, in addition to the 4 adopted schools.

Immediately right after the MOA signing, the Teachers’ Training started focusing on how to use the Kit materials, and on the proper ways to conduct the classes.

Simultaneously, the principals and the barangay chairmen met separately for the guidelines of the program. BINHI emphasized the following points:

· Prioritization of students under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD).

· Teachers who will not be able to hold their classes due to seminars, school activities, and other valid reasons should give 2 days prior notice to the principal to ensure that there will be a reliever teacher who will handle the class in the absence of the teacher.

· Students with learning disability should not be included in the program.

· The 10hrs sweat equity of the parents should be maximized by the school. Parents can assist the teachers in managing the students especially in Kit 1 or in escorting the students from their regular classes to BINHI classes.

The principals also shared their best practices in the implementation of the project.

After this MOA signing and teachers’ training event, the next step will be the pre-testing to qualify the “scholars” of the projects. This is calendared on the 3rd week of June 2015. LFI will be calling for volunteers who can assist during the one-on-one pre-testing.

052215

“Thank you for saving my life” – The World Blood Donor Day 2015 Theme

On June 14 of each year the World Health Organization celebrates around the world the World Blood Donor Day. It aims to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank donors for their contribution to saving lives.

Three weeks before the world celebrates the Blood Donor Day, Lao Foundation Incorporated in partnership with Philippine General Hospital (PGH) held its biannual bloodletting activity on May 21 at the old LBL canteen. Dr. Leonard Sena, Dr. Christelle Anne Almanon, Dr. Mark Austine Onglao, Mr. Erwin Bacal, Mr. John Paul Tolentino and Mr. Lordecito Elman from PGH headed the blood donation.

A total of 36 blood bags were collected from the 46 D&L personnel who participated. The 10 donors interested denied to donate blood were due to cold, taking certain medication, low hemoglobin count and have had dental extraction.

Lao Foundation was very privilege to have an active participation in the said campaign. Special thanks to HRD and to the following for making the blood letting activity happen.

Victor Pedroso
Vincent Mestidio
Lolito Villanueva
John Louie Reyes
Judy Lozada
Warren Dave Garcia
Regelyn Arzadon
Anne Cristy Fajardo
Agustin Almoite
Doris Sheen Coria
Nuel Vellarde
Louie Dela Peña
April Batin
Ferly Calaguas
Roy Rivera
Arthuro Castañeda
Rolando Escarda
Medwin Visaya
Leomark Camayang
Louie Bustamante
Rene Pardico
Jeraldson Mendoza
Citadel Cruz
Ariel Bautista
Ernie Daza
Jerome Panibio
Sheryl Selda
Lawrence Lagpay
Jonathan Almajar
Katrina Corral
Leidan Rose Patapat
Ernie Mañibo
Manuel Mendez
Ryan Agcaoili
Noel Salonga
Niño Jesus Pasco
MJ Guardian
Dan Paul Carambas
Jocel Hernandez
Silver Shineth A. Nugas
Geraldine Marie Avila
Dessa Vipinosa
Genevieve Solis
Angel Angullo
Rodrigo Dela Cruz
Robino Bumagat

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Another remarkable event for the D&L Group of Companies when management and employees gathered for the 11th Lao Boh Lim Educational Excellence Awards Ceremony (LBL EEA) held on 16 May 2015 at the LBL Compound.

The crowd in attendance was estimated to be around 400, and among them were 169 awardees. For 2015, a total of 223 employees’ children composed of 100 elementary students, 73 high school students, 45 college students and 5 with special awards were awarded cash rewards and certificates.

The Philippine Christian Foundation chorale opened the awarding ceremony with their performance of “Who Am I?” followed by the National Anthem. During mid-program intermission, they also sang “Higher and higher”.

Alix Reyes of Chemrez Marketing, and Marie Monse Alfaro, an awardee, were the emcees of the program.

LFI’s Paul Alfaro opened the program with an anecdote emphasizing that values acquired by the awardees in the LBL EEA program are most important than the rewards they received. He also showed some statistics on the number of awardees for the past years.

Chris Lao, Market Development Manager of Oleo-Fats shared in his address that the awarding ceremony coincides with the death anniversary of his grandfather Lao Boh Lim. He inspired the awardees to continue to excel in their studies and keeping in mind the values of that the company embraces.

Gerremie Bual, consistent LBL awardees and who graduated magna cum laude, said “the award is not merely a financial support but also served as a motivation. The thought of being able to help your parents financially by merely studying hard appealed a lot to me and fueled me to do better each academic year”.

For the parents’ response, Danny Valen reminded the students that instead of spending time on the internet they should be focusing more on their studies.

For the closing remarks, Mr. Ramon Taniola (HRD Director) praised the LBLEEA awardees who consistently received the awards for 11 consecutive years.

During the ceremony the awardees made their customary bows to show their gratitude to the MANCOM and parents.

Aside from the cash reward, HRD clinic secured gift vouchers from Metro Dental worth P500.00 each and these were only given to the awardees who were present in the event. The usual group picture taking with big LBL EEA tarpaulin was done per level.

LFI would like to thank the following for making this event a success:

Mr. Denis Gandoza & Staff
Marlou Beroña
Pete Note
Juan Senar
Tirso Cruz
Domeng Ruiz

Mr. Tony Otico & Staff
Cris Lapeña
Ched Batic Batic
Noel Buscar
Jerome Panibio
Lodivino Somido
Ermin Adalid
Arnold Parco

Mr. Ramon Taniola & 
HRD Staff
Eugene Robidillo
Jaypie Hernandez
Maricar Isais
Heide Maceda
Joan Rocamora
Michelle Caumeran
Dalisay Manlapaz

YUKON Staff
Samuel Morilla
Arnel Ofrecia
Buddy Salvador
Harlan Fajarillo
Micco Bertiz

Mr. Art Capua & Staff
Neil Morales
Von Reyes
Bim Tan
Argie Olazo

Parent volunteers
Lisa Esconde
Emerito Dizon, Jr.
Emily Abenir
Citadel Cruz
Maria Silahis Victoriano
Beth Garcia
Agnes De Luna
Lyn Valen
Marilyn Dela Cruz

IMC Staff
Anne Pajanel

Admin Staff
Vanessa Malapit

Emcees
Alix Reyes
Monse Alfaro

042815Fresh from their college graduation, 5 out of 8 Lao Foundation (LFI) college scholars under Charity First Foundation visited D&L on April 20, 2015. On the same day, another group of visitors were 7 out of 10 techvoc scholars of LFI under Don Bosco PUGAD Center for Migrant Youths who were accompanied by the center director, Fr. Dave Buenaventura.

An overview on Lao Foundation was presented, while Mon Taniola, D&L HRD Director encouraged the scholars to progress in their journey and presented available opportunities for them.

Princess Guia, former LFI scholar was invited to narrate her experience on how she got employed at D&L as a marketing assistant last year and now being groomed to be the store manager of D&L’s Best Value Store. She pointed 3 things to the scholars: first, always be prepared ---- last year, during a meeting with the LFI scholars of her batch, she was the only one ready with her resume for submission. Second, be passionate with what you are doing ---- love the job that you have whatever it is and it will love you back. Third, take risk and allow yourself to grow.

After the short program at D&L Training Room, the scholars from Don Bosco were toured by Mon Taniola. The scholars from Charity First excluding the one already employed at LBL Prime Properties were escorted to the HR department and were assisted for possible employment with D&L Group of Companies.

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