JG Summit Petrochemicals Group rolled out its Balik Eskwela-linked donation program for three elementary schools in its host communities in Batangas City, namely Barangays Simlong, Pinamucan Ibaba and Pinamucan Proper, as public schools reopened in early October this year amidst the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing in the country.
During the two-day caravan held on October 14 and 15, 2020, JGSPG, led by its Community Relations Team distributed printers with ink cartridges, and school materials, including book paper, folders, fasteners and punchers. These supplies are essential for teachers in preparing printed modular materials, as the Department of Education (DepEd) adopted the distance learning approach due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Under this new approach, printed self-learning materials are provided to students since traditional face-to-face classes could not be held.
47 teaching staff and 1,279 students from Simlong Elementary School, Pinamucan Ibaba Elementary School and Pinamucan Proper Elementary School were among the recipients.
Pinamucan Ibaba Elementary School Principal Marites De Castro-Tarcelo posted a heartfelt message of appreciation in social media, saying “Thank you JG Summit Petrochemicals Group headed by Sir Arnel Paclibon, Ms. Sharon Salva, Ms. Rowe Bandoy and company for sending us these school supplies from your company! We greatly appreciate this because we know that many learners of PIES will benefit from these. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts! God bless and more power!” From her end, Principal Divine Mendoza-Bauan, on behalf of Pinamucan Proper Elementary, likewise conveyed the school’s gratitude, posting this message in social media, “We are truly grateful for the untiring support of JG Summit to Pinamukan Elementary School teachers and learners.”
JGSPG has been participating in DepEd’s Balik Eskwela program since 2017. This annual engagement is part of the education thrust of the company’s Abot Kamay flagship corporate social responsibility program which focuses on environmental, community development and education-centric initiatives.