Armed with gallons of paints and construction materials, VMC Foundation, together with employees of Victorias Milling Company (VMC) and volunteers from the 605th Maneuver Company of the Philippine National Police, worked on repairing, repainting and upgrading a total of 27 schools in the cities of Cadiz and Victorias and the Municipality of Manapla, for its 2022 Brigada Eskwela Program.
In a statement, VMC president Minnie Chua said they are “committed to help enhance the quality of basic education and the improvement of the well-being of the people within its community,” and instead of the usual giving of school supplies for the students, they undertook repairs and upgrades of the schools in preparation for a “more conducive environment for the students when they go back to face-to-face classes.”
In a Memorandum of Agreement inked with the Department of Education in the three local government units, VMC Foundation committed to help enhance the learning environment and address the shortage of resources in public schools.
In Manapla, apart from repainting the exterior and interior classrooms in nine schools, VMC also donated rubbing alcohol and face masks to continue protecting the students from COVID-19 when they start face-to-face classes. In Cadiz City ten schools were the beneficiary of various upgrades including the donation of LED TV sets in identified schools that will assist teachers in promoting education among students.
In Victorias City, the focal point of the donations were in line with keeping the school community healthy and safe; such as thermal scanners, automatic alcohol hand sprayers, portable handwashing stations, garbage storage bins, and COVID-19 kits. Some requests for the repainting of classroom walls were also accommodated.
This October, VMC Foundation added two more schools in Victorias, the Amanda Elementary School and Gawahon Elementary School as among their beneficiaries.
For the Amanda School, the VMC Foundation repaired the roof and ceilings of classrooms, undertook the transferring of electrical wires, as well as provided rain harvester drums and waterline repairs. Gawahon Elementary School also got their first ever Clinic, which the Foundation helped set up through flooring repairs, providing medicine, medical tools and equipment, including a hospital bed. Provisions were also made to build the waterline system of the school to make water more accessible to the school community.
“This is a continuing effort as we will monitor and check on the state of these beneficiary schools in our constituency. We are very happy that our employees are very supportive of this program and have also initiated on their own, regular donation of school supplies for students in need,” Chua added.*