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PAGCOR BRIGADA ESKWELA PARTICIPATION BENEFITS SCHOOLS IN MANILA, CAVITE & MINDANAO

by on Jun.09, 2013, under PAGCOR CSR

HUNDREDS of students in Manila, Cavite and Mindanao returned to school this June in newly-refurbished classrooms through PAGCOR’s help in the Brigada Eskwela 2013 project of the Department of Education (DepEd).

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For the second straight year, PAGCOR, through its different Casino Filipino branches, deployed volunteer workers to various schools in the country to help renovate and repaint classrooms, armchairs and other school facilities.

Araullo High School, a densely-populated educational institution along United Nations Avenue in Manila with an average enrolment of 5,000 every school year, had three classrooms for Grade 8 pupils spruced up by employees of Casino Filipino Hyatt.

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Workers from Casino Filipino Pavilion trooped to General Vicente Lim Elementary School in Tondo to renovate four comfort rooms and donate water tanks, cleaning materials and electric fans.  They also installed water lines and repaired classroom windows.

Airport Casino Filipino chose Longos Elementary School in Bacoor, Cavite to be the branch’s Brigada Eskwela beneficiary this year, repairing leaking classroom ceilings and installing fences in some open spaces to secure the area.  Employee volunteers also help clean the school in preparation for the opening of classes.

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Casino Filipino Davao, meanwhile, sent teams of volunteer employees to distant public schools in Mindanao to provide assistance in the restoration of learning spaces and other educational materials.

Manambulan Elementary School, a 34,000 square-meter learning facility located in a remote village in Tugbok District, Davao City, was a recipient of two newly-repainted classrooms, wall fans and cleaning and lighting materials.  The school was also provided with wood lumbers for the renovation of their stage area.

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According to School-In-Charge Hermelinda Bastian, the assistance given by PAGCOR complemented their continuing effort to provide their pupils comfortable classrooms that are conducive to learning.

“The participation of PAGCOR in the Brigada Eskwela event in our school was very timely as our school needs all the help it can get to provide our pupils quality education.  I can’t thank PAGCOR enough for the assistance it gave to our school,” Bastian said.  She added that they only have 11 existing classrooms to accommodate their close to 500 students after an early afternoon fire gutted down seven of their classrooms in 2011.

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Casino Filipino Davao Branch Manager Michael Cendaña said that reaching out to public educational institutions, especially those located in remote communities allows them the opportunity to extend the much-needed aid to schools that rarely gets support.

“To say that we are delighted to serve the needs of these public schools is an understatement.  Hindi matatawaran ang kasiyahang nararamdaman namin dahil ang maliit na tulong na naibigay namin ay napakalaki na para sa kanila,” Cendaña said.

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Apart from Manambulan Elementary School, the two other public schools in Mindanao that benefited from the participation of PAGCOR in the Brigada Eskwela activities were Don Ricardo Briz Elementary School in Tagum City, Davao del Norte and South 1-A Central Elementary School in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.

The Brigada Eskwela Project of DepEd started in 2003 as part of the agency’s “Balik Eskwela” Program and National Maintenance Week.  PAGCOR began its participation in the Brigada Eskwela project last year where it mobilized its Casino Filipino branches nationwide to reach out to selected public schools in their respective communities.

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CLEANER RIVERS LEAD TO BETTER LIVES

by on Jan.23, 2013, under PAGCOR CSR

(left photo) Prior to its rehabilitation, the Estero de Paco was overflowing with tons of garbage. The second photo (right) - taken on January 17, 2013 after the rehabilitation of the creek – shows the same spot as the first, highlighting the vast improvements done to rehabilitate the waterway using PAGCOR’s P20 million donation for the “Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig” project spearheaded by ABS-CBN Foundation. (Photos courtesy of ABS-CBN Foundation’s KBPIP)

(left photo) Prior to its rehabilitation, the Estero de Paco was overflowing with tons of garbage. The second photo (right) – taken on January 17, 2013 after the rehabilitation of the creek – shows the same spot as the first, highlighting the vast improvements done to rehabilitate the waterway using PAGCOR’s P20 million donation for the “Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig” project spearheaded by ABS-CBN Foundation. (Photos courtesy of ABS-CBN Foundation’s KBPIP)

Economic growth may be a credible gauge in determining a nation’s development. However, it is also important to ensure that as a country grows, the environment is also preserved and kept healthy.

This is the thrust of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) when it provided a P20 million funding for the rehabilitation of the Estero de Paco in Manila under the Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP) project of the ABS-CBN Foundation.

“In all countries, the river plays a great importance in development. If our rivers are not clean, our progress will not be so pronounced,” said PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat, Jr.

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman and CEO CristinoNaguiat, Jr. and ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Regina Paz Lopez, together with other executives of PAGCOR and River Warrior volunteers tour the newly rehabilitated Estero de Paco on January 18, 2013. PAGCOR donated P20 million to ABS-CBN Foundation in 2010 for the rehabilitation of Estero de Paco and the nearby Paco Market.

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman and CEO CristinoNaguiat, Jr. and ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Regina Paz Lopez, together with other executives of PAGCOR and River Warrior volunteers tour the newly rehabilitated Estero de Paco on January 18, 2013. PAGCOR donated P20 million to ABS-CBN Foundation in 2010 for the rehabilitation of Estero de Paco and the nearby Paco Market.

By virtue of a memorandum of agreement signed by Chairman Naguiat and KBPIP Managing Director Regina Paz Lopez, the state-owned gaming firm donated P20 million for the KBPIP’s pilot project which is the rehabilitation of the Estero de Paco.

“The financial aid for the rehabilitation of the Estero de Paco is part of PAGCOR’s advocacy on the preservation of our environment. This is our agency’s way of helping restore the Pasig River which is regarded as one of our country’s historical landmarks,” the PAGCOR Chief said.

Executives from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the ABS-CBN Foundation led the unveiling of the marker commemorating the partnership between the ABS-CBN Foundation and the state-owned gaming firm.  PAGCOR donated P20 million in financial aid to ABS-CBN Foundation for the rehabilitation of Estero de Paco and the nearby Paco Market.

Executives from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the ABS-CBN Foundation led the unveiling of the marker commemorating the partnership between the ABS-CBN Foundation and the state-owned gaming firm. PAGCOR donated P20 million in financial aid to ABS-CBN Foundation for the rehabilitation of Estero de Paco and the nearby Paco Market.

Nearly three years after the MOA signing in 2010, the product of this partnership can now be enjoyed by the local residents and tourists in the area.

After the rehabilitation, various plants have replaced the shanties of illegal settlers and tons of garbage. A clean walkway was also built along both sides of the creek’s banks wherein residents and tourists may take a leisurely stroll.

Aside from the physical and aesthetic improvements of their surroundings, residents living along the creek noted some more significant developments in their lives.

In a survey, 85 percent of the residents said that since the clean-up of the estero, they have lower monthly medical expenses and 89 percent said that they feel safer due to the lower crime rate. At least 97 percent of residents also said they feel greater life satisfaction after the rehabilitation of the Estero de Paco.

Last January 18, 2013, a marker along the rehabilitated Estero de Paco was unveiled to the public as a testament to the partnership between PAGCOR and ABS-CBN Foundation to help bring the Pasig River back to life.

The event was attended by Chairman Naguiat together with PAGCOR President and COO Jorge Sarmiento, Assistant VP for Community Relations Henry Reyes, Assistant VP for Corporate Communications Maricar Bautista and Senior Executive Liaison Officer Ramon Stephen Villaflor.

Taken in 2010 before the the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and ABS-CBN Foundation undertook the challenge of reviving the Estero de Paco, the photo shows the massive amount of garbage and the shanties of illegal settlers that used to reside along the estero.

Taken in 2010 before the the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and ABS-CBN Foundation undertook the challenge of reviving the Estero de Paco, the photo shows the massive amount of garbage and the shanties of illegal settlers that used to reside along the estero.

The photo was taken on January 17, 2013 and clearly shows the stark difference and vast improvements done to rehabilitate the waterway. (Photos courtesy of ABS-CBN Foundation’s KBPIP)

The photo was taken on January 17, 2013 and clearly shows the stark difference and vast improvements done to rehabilitate the waterway. (Photos courtesy of ABS-CBN Foundation’s KBPIP)

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PAGCOR ALLOCATES P13.4-M TO BUILD 2-STOREY SCHOOL BUILDING

by on Nov.13, 2012, under PAGCOR CSR

CAMANTILES, Pangasinan – Camantiles Elementary School may no longer have to suspend classes during typhoons and heavy flooding after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) allocated P13.4 million for the construction of a 2-storey school building here.

Once fully constructed, the new building in Camantiles Elementary School will have 10 spacious rooms that could accommodate 55 to 60 students and  four comfort rooms. The building is being constructed at an elevated height of 1.5 meters to withstand heavy floods. The construction of the building began 4th week of October this year. It is estimated to be completed in 5 months.

PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Cristino L. Naguiat, Jr. said the school building that is being donated by the state-owned gaming firm to Camantiles Elementary School is part of government’s efforts to address the backlog of classrooms in the country.

“One of our priority Corporate Social Responsibility projects is to help the Department of Education (DepEd) solve the classrooms shortage in public schools. Last year, PAGCOR allocated P1 billion for the construction of 1,000 classrooms nationwide. We are planning to continue with this project by allocating bigger funds for the construction of more classrooms in public schools across the country,” he explained.

Naguiat was among the special guests during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new school building last October 29.

Joseph Tabelin, Principal III of Camantiles Elementary School, said the school building being constructed through PAGCOR’s help “will bring great relief to students and teachers whose classes have to be suspended from time to time whenever calamities like flooding occur in the area.”

Tabelin narrated that major calamities hit Camantiles three to four times a year. “Kapag dumadating ang kalamidad, dinadayo din kami ng putik at baha. Almost two feet ang putik na pumapasok sa aming mga classroom. Iyan ang nagiging sanhi ng delay sa aming klase.”

To catch up on lost time, teachers of Camantiles Elementary School conduct make-up classes and provide modules to students for them to study at home. But Tabelin admitted that providing students with a venue conducive to studying will greatly help in the students’ learning process.  Malaking ginhawa ang classrooms na ibibigay ng PAGCOR. Hindi ito basta-basta mapapasok ng baha dahil elevated,” he explained.

The school administrator narrated that the town of Camantiles is surrounded by two rivers. Whenever these rivers overflow, their small town is also submerged in floodwaters. “Kami ay nagpapasalamat ng lubos sa PAGCOR sa pagbibigay sa amin ng 2-storey building. Hindi lang siguro ito magsisilbing classrooms kundi evacuation center na din,” Tabelin added.

Meantime Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo G.E. Perez IV expressed his gratitude to PAGCOR for addressing the concern of his constituents. “Lubos po tayong nagpapasalamat sa PAGCOR dahil alam nila ang sitwasyon dito sa atin. Alam nilang madalas tayong maapektuhan ng pagbaha,” he said.

Besides the construction of the 2-storey school building in Camantiles Elementary School, PAGCOR has funded the construction of 1,000 classrooms in various parts of the country as part of its “Matuwid na Daan sa Silid Aralan project” in 2011. More classrooms will be built once the 2nd phase of the project is implemented this year.

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