Widus Foundation jumpstarts school program in Pampanga

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CLARK FREEPORT — Selected public schools in Pampanga are set to receive more than a million worth of school supplies for its indigent students this June and July as Widus Foundation rolls out its Balik Eskwela project.

In a statement, Widus President and CEO Daesik Han unveiled the back-to-school project which he describes as “a collective effort aimed at upholding the education and future of the youth.”

“Since day one, it has always been a dream for us to haveour own foundation; a facet that would allow us to have a more committed, efficient and regular medium of help to the community,” Han said.

During the “Talk Widus” press briefing, Widus Hotel officials said the program aims to help provide quality education to indigent students by providing them needed school materials.

Beneficiaries of the program include Gueco Elementary School, Sta. Maria Elementary School and Teodoro P. Tinio Elementary School.

Asked how the foundation’s maiden project idea materialized, Widus AVP for Business Development Neki Liwanag vividly recalled how it all began with the successful school rehabilitation project at Special Education Center (SPED) in Angeles City last December 2016.

“We hope to continue extending our company virtue of care beyond compare to the community especially to theyouth. For our foundation’s flagship project, we got in touch with Department of Education (DepEd) to provide us the necessary information of the possible beneficiariesand gathered data revealed that number student dropouts increase due to lack of basic school supplies, “Liwanag added.

In response to this, Widus AVP for Finance Mitchell Estacio expressed the utmost support of both Widus International Inc. (WILI) and Widus Philippines Inc (WPI) in funding every project of the foundation.

“Our team hopes to encourage and motivate students to go to school and lessen the parents’ expenses in buying school supplies.These may be baby steps on our chosen endeavor but we will study other possible programs on how we can further improve the foundation as we seek to create long term and sustainable programs,” Estacio added.

Estacio also gave a preview of the Adopt-A-Library project which aims to foster existent and non-existent libraries in public schools through building or providing educational materials, equipment and non financial assistance –ensuring a safe and conducive learning place for students. An exciting project slated on the last quarter of this year.

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