With the recent scam on the pork barrel that tarnished the reputation of valid NGO’s (Non Government Organizations); Lao Foundation, Inc. (LFI) is proud to announce that it was awarded with another 3 years accreditation valid until April 2016 by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification after its 1 year accreditation lapsed.

The Philippine Council for NGO Certification or PCNC is a private voluntary, non-stock, non-profit organization founded by six of the largest NGO networks in the country namely, Association of Foundations, Bishop Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development, Caucus Development NGO Networks (CODE NGO), League of Corporate Foundations, National Council of Social Development Foundations, and Philippine Business for Social Progress. It is mandated by Executive Order 720 to be the government’s partner in determining the qualification of NGO’s for accreditation as donee institution. It has committed itself to promoting professionalism, accountability and transparency within the NGO and non-profit sector in the Philippines. Thus, a PCNC accreditation means having the “seal of good housekeeping.”

It is under this “seal of good housekeeping” that LFI continues to pursue its thrust on education through its various programs and projects for this year namely:

LFI continuously supports projects that would uplift the quality of education at Bagumbayan Elementary School through its various endeavors under the Adopt-a-School Program of the Department of Education. In February of this year, LFI under its Handog Aklat at Gamit Aral Program provided National Achievement Test Reviewers for the 183 grades 3 and 6 students who took the test.

Also under this program, LFI provided the needed workbooks of the kinder and grades 1 & 2 students. 293 students were provided with K+12 aligned workbooks in English (language, reading, and writing for kindergarten); Math; Science; and Filipino.

Aside from this, LFI under its Tulong Dunong Program provided some funds for the Summer and Science Reading Camp held last May intended for those who got low grades in Science. The teachers were also assisted in the enhancement of their knowledge and skills by providing for their registration to DepEd identified seminars of which the school has no extra funds for.

Lao Boh Lim Educational Excellence Awards
LFI execellence awardsPutting emphasis on the value of education and excellence, D&L Group and Lao Foundation launched LBL Educational Excellence Awards (LBLEEA), in honor of their father Lao Boh Lim. Now on its 10th year, LBLEEA benefits the children of the employees of D&L Group. During the awarding ceremony held last May 18, 2013, 193 children of employees in the elementary to college level were awarded for their academic excellence, 4 were awarded for passing their licensure exams and 1 was awarded for placing second in a National Quiz Bee.

College scholarship
In partnership with Charity First Foundation, Inc. LFI sends impoverished but deserving students to college not just equipping them with education but with the values they need to finish their studies and face the challenges they would face once they’re out of school.

In 2010 the scholarship started at 10 scholars with additional 10 scholars per year. For this school year, LFI provides for 40 scholars who are taking up different courses in the partner universities of Charity First namely-----Technological University of the Philippines, Universidad De Manila, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Manila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, UP Diliman, UP Manila, and Philippine Normal University.

Since SY 2010-2011, 9 LFI sponsored scholars have graduated with courses in Bachelor in Banking and Finances, BS Accountancy, BSBA Marketing Management, Bachelor in Elementary Education and Diploma in Electronics in Communications Engineering Management. And 10 LFI scholars will be graduating this school year.

Teacher’s salary sponsorship
Believing in the cause of Philippine Christian Foundation, Inc. (PCF) in educating the children in the dumpsites in Tondo, Manila, LFI sponsors the salary of the teachers to further the organization’s cause.

Presently, PCF educates 400+ students in its school in the former Smokey Mountain.

English Literacy Project
Finding out about the number of non-readers and slow readers in its adopted school---Bagumbayan Elementary School---LFI partnered with Binhi English Literacy Foundation for its English Literacy Program that targets grades 2 to 3 students. It is in the belief that once a child is a reader, the world of knowledge will be opened to the child LFI piloted the Kit 1- Beginning Reading Program and Kit 2- Independent Reading Program last school year 2012-2013. Kit 1 focuses on implanting beginning reading skills while Kit 2 focuses on enhancing reading comprehension towards independent reading.

english-literac With the success of the pilot project as indicated in the post-test scores of the 55 students who graduated from the program last February 2013 as well as the higher reading levels than when they started in the program, LFI expanded the project to other schools where the companies of D&L Group are located. These are San Ramon Elementary School in Canlubang, Laguna; Thomas Earnshaw Elementary School in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila; PCF School in Tondo, Manila; and Libis Elementary School in Libis, Quezon City.

In addition to the present 50 Kit 1 students and 30 Kit 2 students in Bagumbayan Elementary School, LFI have a total of 200 non readers and/or slow readers in the English Literacy Project in the 4 new schools, each having 50 students included in the project.   

Evelyn Lee Lao Teachers’ Welfare Program
Acknowledging the important role of teachers in shaping the student’s future and giving honor to the mother of the founders of LFI who was a teacher of Grace Christian College, LFI allocates fund for the Teachers’ Welfare Program for the retired teachers of Grace Christian College.

Community Outreach
Committed to giving back to the communities where it operates and reaching out to others in need, Lao Foundation provides for community outreach programs such as relief operation during natural calamities, blood letting activity, and other projects and activities responsive to the needs of the communities where it operates and its employees.

With this “seal of good housekeeping” from PCNC, LFI commits to pursue its thrust on education, values formation, and livelihood true to its tagline “Framing minds, forming hearts, and transforming lives!”

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