Typhoon Yolanda Update:
Jollibee Group Foundation’s Special School Feeding benefits students in Kalibo and Capiz
The Special School Feeding Program (SSFP) of Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) is getting kids back to school in typhoon-hit areas in Kalibo and Capiz. Over 100 days after super typhoon Yolanda devastated provinces in the Visayas region, students of severely devastated schools in Kalibo, Aklan and Dao, Capiz are benefiting from free lunch meals served 3 times a week to pupils from all grade levels.
Improvising in times of disasters
In the SSFP, JGF is providing the feeding budget and in-kind support lunch as rice, soup mixes and cooking utensils, while partner agencies, schools and parents provide support.
“Most of our students are children of farmers whose livelihoods were affected by the typhoon,” shared Baltazar D. Paja, Head Teacher of Ylas Norte Elementary School in Dao, Capiz. Parents play an important role as they are the ones preparing the meals of the students and even though they are also affected, they still manage to go to the school to help out. In a remote school parents huddle over pots in a makeshift cooking center made from the remains of 3 damaged classrooms. Men chop up firewood while mothers prepare a congee soup mix to feed the school’s students for lunch.
“It’s really a challenge for some of us to volunteer to cook, especially since it’s the harvest season now, but we all want to help out,” shared Maria Vanessa Tinez, one of the parents.
Despite the lack of resources, the school has made the best of the situation.
“The firewood we use for cooking is made from damaged fences, trees and dry bamboo that were destroyed by the storm,” said Tinez.
The pots they use for cooking are placed on a makeshift grill made from steel salvaged from a damaged classroom.
“We borrowed large pots from parents who usually only use these during special ocassions like fiestas, so that we can cook for all the students in school,” shared home economics teacher Lani Baruela.
Baruela, who also serves as the Nutrition Coordinator of the school, uses her vacant time in the morning to supervise the feeding program. She personally picks up the supplies needed for the feeding program every Friday morning from the town center.
It helps that the Local Government of Dao, Capiz, which is the project’s main implementing agency, makes it easy for their 19 school beneficiaries to get supplies. The LGU came up with an organized distribution system with suppliers. They also provided water filters to each school.
“Barangay officials have provided multicabs to help the school transport the supplies needed every week. The officials also provide the gas free of charge,” shared Hon. Joselito Y. Escutin, Municipal Mayor of Dao, Capiz.
Dr. Marlon P. Destreza, District Supervisor of the Department of Education in the District of Dao says the feeding program has already had a positive impact on the students.
“Aside from increasing their nutritional status, there’s been a tremendous increase in school attendance especially during feeding days. Students are more motivated to come to school regularly now,” said Destreza.
Alyssa Mae Claion, 12, a Grade 6 student in Don Nicanor Escutin Memorial School (DNEMS), a remote school in Dao, Capiz, is one of the beneficiaries. Her father is a farmer while her mother works in Manila.
“Dati nagbabaon pa kami ng kanin at ulam para sa pananghalian, ngayon hindi na kasi may libre ng pagkain na mas masustansya,” said Alyssa.
“Maganda yung programa dahil hindi na nag-aabsent ang mga kaklase ko,” added Alyssa.
JFC and JGF continue to assist families as they recover and rebuild their lives after Typhoon Yolanda. A Special School Feeding Program in over 100 schools and a livelihood recovery program for small farmers started in January 2014.
Bangon Visayas Feature Story of the Month: Iloilo Province
A hundred days after the havoc of Typhoon Yolanda, Northern Iloilo is slowly rising again. Power is being restored in major areas, the sound of hammers and saws echo from all corners as survivors convert useful debris into their new homes.
As you walk through the fallen walls around the towns, numerous Yolanda survivors have the same story to tell, how they lost it all to the typhoon and how they are now picking themselves up to move forward.
Moving forward to give back
On the day Yolanda struck the town of Lemery, Iloilo, Nanay Julie Alberto, 61, and her family lost their home and livelihood. They were forced to evacuate and thought that they will not be able to live normal lives again. But through the help of various groups, she and her grandchildren have found a glimmer of hope.
The Jollibee Group FoodAID Special School Feeding (SSF) is one kind of assistance that Nanay Julie is grateful for.
“Sa totoo lang, sa edad kong ito, medyo nahihirapan din ako. Pero hindi ko na iniintindi, kasi alam ko ito lang naman ang kaya kong maibigay para masuklian ang tulong na binibigay sa amin,” said Nanay Julie. (To be honest, with my age, I am finding it hard (to help) but I don’t mind it because I know this is the only way that I can give back to those who have been helping us.)
Her four grandchildren all study in Almenana Elementary School and get to partake of the meals provided under SSF. As part of her commitment, Nanay Julie actively participates in the program by cooking and serving meals to more than 900 students in the school. As the program provides lunch to her grandchildren, Nanay Julie also gets one-kilo of rice every time she participates. This gives them relief and the hope that indeed, their lives are on track to becoming normal again.
Almenana Elementary School is one of the 134 schools in the provinces of Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Leyte and Samar that are benefiting from Jollibee Group FoodAID’s Special School Feeding Program. The SSF program will run from January until end of the school year and will serve meals to more than 47,000 pupils.
“Almost gave up but now I’m moving forward…”
Maricar Banggud, a Grade 6 student, shared that she almost quit school because she just wanted to help her parents look for food to eat. But when she heard that Omio Elementary School will be one of the SSF beneficiaries of Jollibee Group FoodAID, she realized that people outside her hometown are not giving up in helping them and she should not also give up.
“Salamat po sa lahat ng tumutulong sa amin. Ngayon kahit maglakad ako ng malayo papunta dito sa eskwela, pumapasok pa rin ako kasi alam kong hindi ko dapat sayangin ang tulong ninyo,” said Maricar. (Thank you to those who have been helping us. Now, even though I have to walk far just to get here, I will still go to school because I know I should not waste this opportunity that you are giving us.)
Mrs. Diosita Muyco, School Principal of Muyco Elementary School also shared that the attendance of the pupils in their school improved across all levels after learning that a special school feeding will be conducted. “Noong una, panay ang absent nila. Kasi mas pinipili nila na tumulong mangalakal kasama ng magulang nila. Pero nung narining nila yung SSF, biglang nagsipasukan na sila at ngayon bihira na ang mga umaabsent,” said Mrs. Muyco in her statement. (Before, they were always absent because they would rather work together with their parents. But when they heard that the SSF will be implemented here, they all suddenly went back to school and now they are hardly absent from their classes.)
The SSF is conducted three times a week and is made possible through the cooperation of everyone in the community. While JGF provides the ingredients and the rice for the parents, the local government unit, school administrators, teachers and parents all work together to undertake the activity. In Iloilo province, the SSF is being implemented through the help of the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) and John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University – Arevalo (JBLFMU-A), which are also partners in the Busog, Lusog, Talino School Feeding Program of JGF. “This SSF is definitely a big help especially to the kids because they are not only fed but they also receive additional assistance such as rice for their families. And this gives them the hope that they can actually rise up and face each day with renewed spirit,” shared WVCST College President Luis Sorolla, Jr.
The local government units (LGUs) on the other hand also provide monitoring and transportation support for the SFF activities in their localities. The LGU partners also expressed their appreciation for the assistance that JFC and JGF have extended to the survivors.
“On behalf of our people, the Concepcionanons… to our donors, thank you very much for helping us move forward and we hope that you will continue to support us as we slowly walk towards the road to recovery.” -Concepcion, Iloilo Mayor Milliard Villanueva.
Students of Muyco Elementary School happily pose for the camera
Pupils enjoying their meals
Parent volunteers from Muyco Elementary School and Municipal Program Coordinator John Caleste (first from left) and Sangguniang Baranggay Member Rodel Sipanton (rightmost)
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), the country’s largest fast food chain, is donating Php2 Million (Php2,000,000.00) for the thousands of families affected by flooding brought about by the rains from Typhoon Maring and the southwest monsoon (Habagat).
The Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF), the corporate social responsibility arm of JFC, will turn over the amount to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to help the agency in providing assistance to affected families in critically hit areas in Metro Manila and Luzon.
Aside from the monetary donation, JFC and JGF have given relief assistance by donating sacks of rice to families in evacuation centers in coordination with the Local Government Units of Cavite (Cavite City, Bacoor, and Noveleta), Pampanga (San Fernando) and Bataan (Dinalupihan). As in the previous years, JFC and JGF have also turned over donations in-kind thru the GMA Kapuso Foundation, ABS-CBN Foundation, Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Gawad Kalinga and Philippine Red Cross in order to reach out to as many affected families as possible.
Jollibee Foundation and Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) are partnering with the public in providing assistance to the thousands affected by Typhoon Pablo. As part of its relief efforts to those affected, Jollibee Foundation is now accepting cash donations. Those who want to help may send their deposits through this bank account:
Metrobank Peso Savings Account
Account Name: Jollibee Foundation
Account Number: 473-7-47301404-8
For your donations to be properly acknowledged, you may either fax the bank transaction slip at +63.2.688.7038 or send a scanned copy of the bank transaction slip to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and contact number.
Thank you for joining us in reaching out to our brothers and sisters in need.