Event: Jollibee Foundation's Busog Lusog Talino School Feeding Program kicks off at L.R.Pascual Elem School
This is the reason why I have kept teaching in the public schools. Students feign hunger to show that they can well adapt to their peers while in school. Jollibee Foundation recently marked the annual nationwide start of its Busog Lusog Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program for school year 2012-2013 with a ceremonial launch in L. R. Pascual Elementary School in Quezon City. Attended by Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong and Jollibee Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong, the event seeks to address hunger among Grade 1 and 2 pupils in a systematic and sustainable way enjoining the the community and the parents to participate.
Set to cover 1,090 public schools in 200 cities/municipalities nationwide; providing daily lunch to 38,000 pupils selected from Grades 1 and 2 to help address hunger and encourage them to attend school everyday, Jollibee Foundation's BLT program had already covered 60,000 since its first year of implementation since 2007. Present during the ceremonial launch were DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali, Ateneo De Manila University Vice President for Social Development, Atty. Jaime Hofileña, Jollibee Franchisees Association President Jun Padilla, Health Express Philippines' President Anna Pascual-Lanning, Diversey Philippines' Corporate Social Responsibility Lead Mildred Ebuengan and officers from Rotary Clubs of Quezon City, San Juan and Mandaluyong, Quezon City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Corazon Rubio was also there to witness the event to unite against hunger in schools. BLT has become a platform for communities to lead local leaders to find ways and means to generate resources. Notable examples were the cases of Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya and San Jose, Nueva Ecija where local government units have fully integrated BLT in their respective education programs. In Davao City, the City Government committed Php5.7 million to sustain the program over the next three years. In Negros Occidental, the provincial Sangguniang Kabataan Federation joined forces with LGUs and stakeholders in covering a total of 102 schools, the biggest BLT coverage in a single province.
Feeding one saves one and an organized school feeding program Jollibee Foundation had spearheaded since 2007 continues to ease the statistics of hunger in the Philippines. It takes Jollibee Foundation's Busog Lusog Talino Program to educate the parents and make them aware of their responsibilities in schools for the welfare of their children and the rest for nation building. 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 relation/outreach programs. You can also help feed pupils by donating through BLT coinbanks found in all Jollibee Foods Corporation stores nationwide: Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal and Burger King. Yes, those coinbanks we drop our small coin changes at the counter really help. It takes your big heart and your action to make all these possible and though I may be doing my own little way to help my own students regularly fed, we need your help. Have the heart to give or at least spread the word about it. For while the nation is busy with RH Bill issue and busy fighting against the church today, the children are still left unattended and hungry. Please help.