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The bright AGAPP kindergarten classrooms are now ready for use after VECO and AFI formally turn over to Tayud Elem. School. From L-R: Tayud Elem. School Principal Marilou Tabas, VECO Community Relations Manager Eric Ching, Aboitiz Foundation EVP and Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio, III, DepEd, Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Arden Monisit, VECO AVP Human Resources Mia Carmela Cuenco, Tayud Liloan Councilor and Chairman on Education Committee Hon. Nelly Bernardo Lopez , and Tayud Liloan Barangay Captain Hon. Oscarlito Cabahug.
VECO and AGAPP partner for kindergarten school buildings
Brightly colored “Silid Pangarap” kindergarten school buildings are sprouting all over Cebu courtesy of Visayan
Electric Co., Inc. (VECO), Aboitiz Foundation and Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP)
Last October 14, VECO turned over a school building for Tayud, Liloan Elementary School, the second of four
kindergarten school buildings it has committed to AGAPP for 2011 and 2012. AGAPP is a foundation
established by Pinky Aquino Abellada, President Noynoy Aquino’s sister, to promote early childhood care
and development programs that support literacy development through a preschool program for five year-old
children. AGAPP's efforts, in partnership with DepEd, is to ensure the readiness of incoming Grade 1 students
through a partnership called “Silid Pangarap”.
Incidentally, VECO also turned over on October 10, a two (2) classroom kindergarten school building to AGAPP
in Cepoc Elementary School, Barangay Tinaan, City of Naga.
At the turnover in Tayud, DepEd Cebu Schools Division Superintendent Arden Monisit recognized and
acknowledged VECO for being an outstanding education stakeholder. According to Monisit, Cebu still faces a
shortage of classrooms but is confident DepEd can surpass this problem. “We are not alone in this endeavour
because generous education stakeholders like AGAPP and VECO are constantly providing us better education.
With their help, the realization of such goals is not impossible,” said Monisit.
VECO AVP for Human Resources Mia Carmela Cuenco also shared that the kindergarten rooms built by VECO
is a testament of the company’s commitment to its stakeholders. “The silid pangarap is a concrete metaphor
that VECO and Aboitiz Foundation have partnered together to build your children’s dream for a better
future,” Cuenco said. Also present in the turnover was Sonny Carpio, EVP and Managing Trustee of Aboitiz
Foundation, a driving force in the AGAPP tie-up with the Aboitiz companies.
In constructing the school buildings, VECO meticulously followed AGAPP’s signature bright colors of red
green and yellow. The exact mixture of each color is important because it is said to help increase the children’s
appetite to go to school. It’s high ceiling and wide windows are the ideal ventilation that children need to
liberally breathe while inside the rooms.
Aside from building kindergarten school buildings for AGAPP, VECO has donated a total of nine school
buildings and 26 classrooms to various public schools in its franchise area since the start of its Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in education.
According to Cuenco, the company’s basis for organizational success is anchored on the passion to provide
better solutions for a better future.