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August 04, 2014

BLT Kick Off

“Child malnutrition is a stark reality in the Philippines. Many children in the country—most notably those in the countryside and urban poor areas—still do not have enough food to eat,” Sen. Grace Poe said during the 8th Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) Annual Opening Event in Cojuangco Elementary School in Paniqui, Tarlac. Now on its 8th year of program implementation nationwide, the BLT School Feeding Program continues with its mission to produce healthier and brighter schoolchildren.

The BLT School Feeding Program is an initiative of Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) with partnering institutions that addresses hunger among Kinder and Grades 1 to 6 pupils to help them stay in school and learn better. BLT provides daily lunch to undernourished public school pupils for 120 days during the school year (August-February). For school year 2014-2015, the BLT School Feeding Program will cover more than 1,200 schools nationwide, which will benefit over 45,000 selected elementary pupils from Kinder to Grade 6. Since 2007, over 150,000 pupils have benefited from the program.

First BLT in the Provincial Government level

Aside from celebrating its 8th Annual Opening last July 22, 2014, BLT once again set another milestone since this is the first time an entire Provincial Government committed to support the program. The Provincial Government of Tarlac (PGT) under the leadership of Governor Victor Yap, entered a partnership with JGF to implement BLT in 20 public elementary schools in the municipalities of Bamban, Camiling, Capas, Paniqui, Pura, Sta. Ignacia, and Tarlac City among other cities and municipalities all over the country.

The opening event was graced by officials from the Provincial Government of Tarlac, including Governor Victor  Yap and Vice Governor Enrique Cojuangco, officials from the Department of Education (DepEd) including Office of Partnerships and External Linkages Undersecretary Mario Deriquito, Regional Director of DepEd Central Luzon Dr. Isabelita Borres, and JGF officials led by its President Grace Tan Caktiong and  Vice President Belen Rillo.

Tarlac province has 3,789 undernourished schoolchildren and an overall 16% rate of malnutrition. The numbers might be small compared to other provinces but as for Governor Yap, he deems it important to involve different sectors – school administrators, government leaders, private sector, and other civic groups to work together towards fighting malnutrition. He believes the BLT School Feeding Program will effectively address this.

Public-Private Partnership in School Feeding

As an effort to build and strengthen partnerships with local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), private sector, and other groups, DepEd encourages public-private partnerships in order to cover more beneficiaries for school feeding through the pooling of resources.

The BLT Program was lauded by DepEd Undersecretary Deriquito as a “very good and growing program” as JGF. works closely with the department to address the issue of hunger and malnutrition and develops a partnership model that involves various stakeholders. Deriquito mentioned three (3) specific fruits of DepEd’s partnership with JGF and other stakeholders.  These partnerships have (1) generated more resources for school-based feeding, (2) enabled DepEd to organize a consortium of organizations that formulated standards and guidelines for the school-based feeding program that made it more efficient and more effective; and 3) contributed to demonstrating to our school children the  value of working together and sharing of one’s resources.

One of the long-term ideals of BLT is for the school feeding program to be institutionalized in order to cater all undernourished school children in the country. Senator Poe for her part filed Senate Bill No. 79 or the Sustansya sa Batang Pilipino Act which intends to address child malnutrition by pushing for a standard free lunch program for public school children. During the event, the Senator witnessed first-hand how the BLT school feeding program operates. Closing her speech with, “Ang lakas ng ating bansa ay nasa batang populasyon natin”, Sen. Poe expressed her determination to push for an institutionalized school feeding in public schools.

JGF President Grace Tan Caktiong pledged the continuing commitment and support of JGF to the Department of Education in addressing hunger and malnutrition among public school pupils. In a similar way, the Foundation expressed its support to Senator Poe’s advocacy of institutionalizing school feeding in order to give our Filipino children better nutrition which means better chance for them to be educated to become productive citizens.

Getting Involved

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 relations/outreach program.

Everyone can also help feed pupils by donating through BLT coinbanks found in all Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) stores nationwide: Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal and Burger King.

To learn more about the BLT School Feeding Program,contact (02) 688-7124 or send an email at bltschoolfeeding@jollibee.com.ph. Visit www.jollibeegroupfoundation.org.

July 28, 2014

blt kickoff

The Jollibee Group Foundation marked the nationwide start of its eighth annual Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program for this school year with a ceremonial launch held at Cojuangco Elementary School, Paniqui, Tarlac. Leading the school feeding were Senator Grace Poe (seated, fourth from left) and Jollibee Group Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong (seated, in red).

Together with the local government of Tarlac represented at the launch by Governor Victor Yap and Vice- Governor Enrique Cojuangco Jr. and the Department of Education represented by Undersecretary Mario Deriquito, the Jollibee Group Foundation is implementing the feeding program in 20 public elementary schools in the municipalities of Bamban, Camiling, Capas, Paniqui, Pura, Sta. Ignacia, and Tarlac City among other cities and municipalities all over the country. For school year 2014-2015, the BLT School Feeding Program will cover more than 1,200 schools nationwide, which will benefit over 50,000 selected elementary pupils from Kinder to Grade 6. Since 2007, over 150,000 pupils have benefited from the program.

The BLT School Feeding Program is an initiative of the Jollibee Group Foundation together with partner institutions that provides daily lunch to undernourished public school pupils for 120 days during the school year to address hunger and malnutrition in public elementary schools in order to help pupils stay in school and learn better.

Senator Grace Poe for her part has filed a bill in the Senate that intends to address child malnutrition by pushing for a standard free lunch program for public school children.

 

 

July 17, 2014

Jollibee Group Foundation marks 8th year of School Feeding Program

JGF will be holding its Annual Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) Opening on July 22, 2014 in Tarlac.

Currently on its 8th year of implementation this school year 2014-2015, the BLT School Feeding Program is an initiative of JGF with partnering institutions that addresses hunger and malnutrition in public elementary schools in order to help pupils stay in school and learn better. BLT provides daily lunch to undernourished public school pupils for 120 days during the school year (August to March).

The opening event, which will be held in Paniqui, Tarlac, will highlight the BLT program in the context of public-private partnership in school feeding.

Senator Grace Poe will deliver the keynote message while Jollibee Group Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong, will deliver a message on the BLT.

Officials from the Provincial Government of Tarlac, including Governor Victor A. Yap and Vice Governor Enrique Cojuangco, and officials from the Department of Education including Undersecretary Mario Deriquito of the Office of Partnerships and External Linkages and Dr. Isabelita M. Borres, Regional Director for Central Luzon are expected to grace the event.

The formal opening event will be followed by a witnessing of the feeding program in one of the BLT beneficiary schools.

For SY 2014-2015, JGF has partnered with the Provincial Government of Tarlac (PGT) in implementing the feeding program in 20 public elementary schools in the province, covering the municipalities of Bamban, Camiling, Capas, Paniqui, Pura, Sta. Ignacia and the city of Tarlac.

JGF’s partnership with the Provincial Government of Tarlac is notable since this will be the first time the BLT program will be implemented at the provincial level. JGF has noted the strong commitment demonstrated by the PGT to implement BLT.

The program is in line with the public-private partnerships mandate of the Department of Education (DepEd) in implementing its School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP) nationwide this school year.

As an effort to build and strengthen partnerships with local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), private sector, and other groups, DepEd encourages public-private partnerships in order to cover more beneficiaries for school feeding through the pooling of resources.

This school year, the BLT School Feeding Program covers more than 1,200 in over 200 cities and municipalities nationwide; providing daily lunch to 50,000 pupils selected from Kinder to Grade 6. This brings the total number of BLT pupils covered by the program to over 150,000 since its first year of implementation in 2007.

Jollibee Group Foundation is the social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corporation, the largest restaurant company in the Philippines, which includes Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal and Burger King Philippines. The Jollibee Group Foundation supports food related programs for the community in alignment with Jollibee Foods Corporation’s vision of spreading the joy of eating to everyone.

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