Thank you for your interest in the 2015 BUSOG, LUSOG, TALINO (BLT) EXCELLENCE AWARDS! Through this first-ever awards program, Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) starts a tradition of honouring exemplary performance of BLT schools. Conferment of the awards shall serve as the highlight of the BLT Partners’ Summit Dinner on May 14, 2015.
The information below outlines the Award Categories, Eligibility, Submission, and Judging Processes for the BLT Excellence Awards. For additional questions, please contact Ms. LA Cruzat at email@example.com or (0920)974-8232.
I. AWARD CATEGORIES
The awards open for nominations are the following:
Nominees should meet the following eligibility criteria:
|For BLT School Nominee||a. At least on the 2nd year of BLT implementation during SY 2014-2015;b. With an FAC rating of 2.0 or higher on the FAC tool, as administered by the AIP/LIP (see updated BLT FAC standards for SY2014-2015 here)c. Has completed at least 50 BLT feeding days by November 14, 2014;d. Has submitted the following required reports to LIP/AIP on or before November 14, 2014:
e. Is endorsed by DepEd Schools Division Superintendent to participate in the awards.
|For BLT Principal and Feeding Coordinator Nominee||a. Must be from a nominated BLT school;b. Has been assigned as Principal or Feeding Coordinator in the nominated BLT school for at least one (1) yearc. Must indicate concurrence via signature on AIP’s/LIP’s nomination formd. Is endorsed by the DepEd Schools Division Superintendent to participate in the awards.|
Nominations shall come from the AIP/LIP that is directly overseeing the nominees’ BLT implementation. A Sub-LIP may submit nominations directly to the BLT Excellence Awards Secretariat, but must inform its AIP prior to submitting the nomination.
To submit your nominations:
a. Ensure that your nominee meets the eligibility requirements for the award.
b. Completely fill up the nomination form that comes with this packet. (Download form here.)
c. Secure an endorsement letter from the DepEd Schools Division Superintendent.(Download sample endorsement letter here.)
d. Submit the nomination form and required documents on or before FRIDAY, November 28, 2014 via:
Courier: Jollibee Group Foundation, 6th Floor Jollibee Plaza
F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
All nominations shall undergo a thorough process of screening and evaluation to determine the recipients of the BLT Excellence Awards.
Review of submitted nominations
|The BLT Excellence Awards Secretariat validates the eligibility of all nominees.||Eligible nominees (cc nominators and DepEd Division) will be notified and advised of the next phase of screening by December 29, 2014.|
Selection of Regional Finalists
|The BLT Excellence Awards Screening Committee selects from among the nominees the top 10 finalists for each region (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao) based on phone interview with BLT school representatives. Nominated principals/feeding coordinators from these shortlisted schools automatically advance to the next round of deliberations. The Screening Committee may choose to name less than ten (10) nominees in any region should its evaluation warrant such decision.||Regional finalists (cc nominators and DepEd Division) will be notified and advised of the next phase of screening not later than January 5, 2015.|
|Evaluation of Regional Finalists||Independent evaluators assess semi-finalists through the use of FAC tool and key person interviews during a pre-arranged date (any day from January 19 to February 6, 2015). During the set evaluation date, focus interviews will be conducted to assess nominated School Principal and Feeding Coordinator.|
Selection of National Finalists
|The BLT Excellence Awards Screening Committee deliberates on the evaluators’ reports and selects the top 2 schools for each region (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao).||National finalists (cc nominators and DepEd Division) shall be notified and advised of schedule for a video-taped final interview by February 16, 2015.|
|Evaluation of National Finalists||The BLT Excellence Awards Screening Committee arranges for a final videotaped interview with the National Finalists (any day from February 16 to March 6, 2015). This will include an interview of the principal, feeding coordinators and other stakeholders as well as the process of BLT implementation in the school.|
|Final Judging||The BLT Excellence Awards Board of Judges reviews finalists’ video interview and selects the awardees for each category. Decision of the Board of Judges is deemed final and will not be subject for appeal.||National winners (cc nominators and DepEd Division)will be informed by April 13, 2015|
|Proclamation of National Winners and Recognition Program||The winners are proclaimed and given due recognition through the following:
The winners will be proclaimed at the Awarding Ceremony on May 14 2015. They will also be featured in press releases and in social media.
Following are the incentives under the BLT Excellence Awards:
|FOR BLT SCHOOL AWARDS|
|FOR INDIVIDUAL AWARDS|
|BLT Feeding Coordinators||
VI. IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
|November 28, 2014||Deadline for submission of nominations|
|January 5, 2015||Announcement of regional finalists|
|February 16, 2015||Announcement of national finalists|
|April 13, 2015||Announcement of national winners|
|May 14, 2015||BLT Summit Dinner / Awarding Ceremony|
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For the past 14 years, Serena Bano has served as a teacher in the coastal town of San Dionisio in the province of Iloilo. She originally wanted to pursue a career in Pharmacy, but because of her eagerness to help others, she found herself in the education sector.
“When I started teaching, there were only four teachers in our town teaching in one school,” recounts Bano.
After being assigned to different schools, where she taught different subjects such as English and Math, she was promoted to school head. Now, as the principal of Siempreviva Elementary School, she manages to find ways to do her duties despite all the challenges.
Majority of her 429 students come from impoverished families. Many residents in the area still rely on fishing, farming and fish processing as their main source of livelihood. Along with 10 other teachers, she teaches part-time while serving as the school supervisor.
“Mahirap talaga maging teacher. (Being a teacher is hard work.) You need dedication and commitment to teach students and see to it that their performance improves,” says Bano.
Not just classroom learning
For Bano, teaching goes beyond lessons in the classroom.
“Teaching is not just about educating students’ minds. It’s about ensuring that students have the ability to learn properly as well,” she says.
According to Bano, teachers, especially those in rural areas, have to deal with various hurdles on a daily basis. One of the most pressing problems is hunger among school children.
“Pag pumapasok ang mga estudyante na walang laman ang tiyan, hindi sila nakikinig, parati sila nag-aaway. Very poor sila sa lessons, ang reading nila slow at wala sila gaanong attention span,” says Bano. (When students go to school on empty stomachs, they have a hard time paying attention in class. They fight with each other. They do very poorly in their lessons. Their reading is slow and their attention span is very limited.)
“As a school head, I had to find a solution to help the kids,” she adds.
To address this, she used Home Economics classes in school to initiate a once-a-week free hot meal of arroz caldo (rice porridge), sourcing contributions of rice from parents and teachers to help cook the meals.
When she found out about the Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT), the school feeding program of the Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF), she immediately requested that their school be considered as a possible recipient and it paid off.
Siempreviva Elementary School is now on its third year as a beneficiary of the program. The BLT School Feeding Program aims to address hunger among Grades 1 to 6 undernourished public school pupils to help them stay in school and learn better. JGF provides counterpart funding and technical assistance to enable schools to serve lunch for 120 days within the school year. The program caters to students whose weak stamina may not withstand the rigors of daily schooling leading to sickness and eventual dropping out.
“At the end of the feeding cycle, almost all the students who were severely wasted achieved normal weight. The feeding program has even become a great influence on the students to come to school,” says Bano.
She adds that the cooperation of teachers and parents has been helpful. They actively attend meetings to address the challenges of the program and ensure food, service and cleanliness standards are met.
Going the extra mile
Engr. Cora Corbal, Director of the Extension Services Division of the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST), which serves as the implementing partner of BLT in Iloilo, says that Bano went beyond the usual implementation. “In addition to the regular school feeding activities, she did her own research and introduced innovations,” says Corbal.
For example, she led an initiative to set up a small room with reading materials for the students. After lunch, they made sure that the pupils, especially those in Grade 1, would spend some time here so they could improve their reading ability.
“We have also been able to set up a temporary feeding center with donations from the local government unit (LGU) and alumni associations. The LGU is coming up with an allocation in their budget as counterpart for the BLT program,” says Bano. This is important in sustaining the program even beyond the support of JGF.
According to Bano, even other school heads have seen the positive results of the program and want to avail of it for their schools.
Erlie Gilo, the teacher in charge of the school’s daily feeding activities, believes that Bano’s role in the program was crucial to its success. “Importanteng importante ang leadership ng principal. Dahil kung siya mismo yung humihindi, siguro malaking challenge sa akin yun bilang feeding coordinator,” (The leadership of the principal is very important to the success of the program. If she was hesitant to take it on, it would be a major challenge for me as the feeding coordinator) said Gilo.
National Teachers’ Month
As the country celebrates National Teachers’ Month and World Teachers’ Day on October 5, it is good to reflect on how educators like Serena Bano show just how important the role of teachers is in their students’ well-being. They have been hailed as modern-day heroes because of their sacrifices for the education of young people. For its part, JGF continues to implement the BLT program and joins hands with teachers across the country in their mission of promoting education and securing a bright future for the country.
“Child malnutrition is a stark reality in the Philippines. Many children in the country—most notably those in the countryside and urban poor areas—still do not have enough food to eat,” Sen. Grace Poe said during the 8th Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) Annual Opening Event in Cojuangco Elementary School in Paniqui, Tarlac. Now on its 8th year of program implementation nationwide, the BLT School Feeding Program continues with its mission to produce healthier and brighter schoolchildren.
The BLT School Feeding Program is an initiative of Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) with partnering institutions that addresses hunger among Kinder and Grades 1 to 6 pupils to help them stay in school and learn better. BLT provides daily lunch to undernourished public school pupils for 120 days during the school year (August-February). For school year 2014-2015, the BLT School Feeding Program will cover more than 1,200 schools nationwide, which will benefit over 45,000 selected elementary pupils from Kinder to Grade 6. Since 2007, over 150,000 pupils have benefited from the program.
First BLT in the Provincial Government level
Aside from celebrating its 8th Annual Opening last July 22, 2014, BLT once again set another milestone since this is the first time an entire Provincial Government committed to support the program. The Provincial Government of Tarlac (PGT) under the leadership of Governor Victor Yap, entered a partnership with JGF to implement BLT in 20 public elementary schools in the municipalities of Bamban, Camiling, Capas, Paniqui, Pura, Sta. Ignacia, and Tarlac City among other cities and municipalities all over the country.
The opening event was graced by officials from the Provincial Government of Tarlac, including Governor Victor Yap and Vice Governor Enrique Cojuangco, officials from the Department of Education (DepEd) including Office of Partnerships and External Linkages Undersecretary Mario Deriquito, Regional Director of DepEd Central Luzon Dr. Isabelita Borres, and JGF officials led by its President Grace Tan Caktiong and Vice President Belen Rillo.
Tarlac province has 3,789 undernourished schoolchildren and an overall 16% rate of malnutrition. The numbers might be small compared to other provinces but as for Governor Yap, he deems it important to involve different sectors – school administrators, government leaders, private sector, and other civic groups to work together towards fighting malnutrition. He believes the BLT School Feeding Program will effectively address this.
Public-Private Partnership in School Feeding
As an effort to build and strengthen partnerships with local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), private sector, and other groups, DepEd encourages public-private partnerships in order to cover more beneficiaries for school feeding through the pooling of resources.
The BLT Program was lauded by DepEd Undersecretary Deriquito as a “very good and growing program” as JGF. works closely with the department to address the issue of hunger and malnutrition and develops a partnership model that involves various stakeholders. Deriquito mentioned three (3) specific fruits of DepEd’s partnership with JGF and other stakeholders. These partnerships have (1) generated more resources for school-based feeding, (2) enabled DepEd to organize a consortium of organizations that formulated standards and guidelines for the school-based feeding program that made it more efficient and more effective; and 3) contributed to demonstrating to our school children the value of working together and sharing of one’s resources.
One of the long-term ideals of BLT is for the school feeding program to be institutionalized in order to cater all undernourished school children in the country. Senator Poe for her part filed Senate Bill No. 79 or the Sustansya sa Batang Pilipino Act which intends to address child malnutrition by pushing for a standard free lunch program for public school children. During the event, the Senator witnessed first-hand how the BLT school feeding program operates. Closing her speech with, “Ang lakas ng ating bansa ay nasa batang populasyon natin”, Sen. Poe expressed her determination to push for an institutionalized school feeding in public schools.
JGF President Grace Tan Caktiong pledged the continuing commitment and support of JGF to the Department of Education in addressing hunger and malnutrition among public school pupils. In a similar way, the Foundation expressed its support to Senator Poe’s advocacy of institutionalizing school feeding in order to give our Filipino children better nutrition which means better chance for them to be educated to become productive citizens.
There are three ways to become a BLT partner: 1) donate funds; 2) donate feeding ingredients and materials; and 3) implement BLT as your community relations/outreach program.
Everyone can also help feed pupils by donating through BLT coinbanks found in all Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) stores nationwide: Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal and Burger King.
The Jollibee Group Foundation marked the nationwide start of its eighth annual Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program for this school year with a ceremonial launch held at Cojuangco Elementary School, Paniqui, Tarlac. Leading the school feeding were Senator Grace Poe (seated, fourth from left) and Jollibee Group Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong (seated, in red).
Together with the local government of Tarlac represented at the launch by Governor Victor Yap and Vice- Governor Enrique Cojuangco Jr. and the Department of Education represented by Undersecretary Mario Deriquito, the Jollibee Group Foundation is implementing the feeding program in 20 public elementary schools in the municipalities of Bamban, Camiling, Capas, Paniqui, Pura, Sta. Ignacia, and Tarlac City among other cities and municipalities all over the country. For school year 2014-2015, the BLT School Feeding Program will cover more than 1,200 schools nationwide, which will benefit over 50,000 selected elementary pupils from Kinder to Grade 6. Since 2007, over 150,000 pupils have benefited from the program.
The BLT School Feeding Program is an initiative of the Jollibee Group Foundation together with partner institutions that provides daily lunch to undernourished public school pupils for 120 days during the school year to address hunger and malnutrition in public elementary schools in order to help pupils stay in school and learn better.
Senator Grace Poe for her part has filed a bill in the Senate that intends to address child malnutrition by pushing for a standard free lunch program for public school children.