Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) recognized schools that showed exemplary performance in implementing the Foundation’s Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program through the BLT Excellence Awards. The BLT Program aims to keep undernourished pupils in public schools by providing lunch daily. The awards were handed out to winning schools on Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City during the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.
Tony Tan Caktiong, Chairman of JGF and Jollibee Foods Corporation, noted the successful efforts of these schools and other partners. “The BLT Program has helped more than 142,000 undernourished school children from 1,500 schools in 200 towns and cities from across the country since 2007,” said Mr.Tan Caktiong.
JGF, led by its President, Grace Tan Caktiong, also paid tribute to its program partners from both the public and private sectors as well as members of the Jollibee Foods Corporation family. These partners have been sharing in JGF’s mission of empowering underprivileged Filipinos to live a life defined by dignity, purpose and active participation in nation-building. “Tonight is not just about JGF. We are actually honoring ten years of shared vision for our communities and collaboration with our partners,” Ms. Tan Caktiong said.
Aside from BLT, JGF’s other core programs are the Farmer Entrepreneurship Program (FEP), which assist smallholder farmers so they can directly supply institutional markets like JFC, which has assisted 1,000 farmers since 2008. and the Jollibee Group FoodAID Program that provides relief assistance and rehabilitation to communities affected by calamities.
The first successful farmer group, Kalasag Farmers Producers Cooperative from San Jose, Nueva Ecija was also recognized during the event.
The Municipality of Pinabacdao is located in the Southwestern part of the Province of Samar. It is accessible from all points of the province and region: 54 kms. North of Tacloban City – the Regional Capital of Eastern Visayas and 52 kms. South of Catbalogan City – the provincial capital of Samar Province. The municipality is composed of 24 barangays: 11 of which are located along the Maharlika Highway, four in the coastal and nine in the hinterlands.
Upland and lowland rice, corn and root crops are the major annual crops produced by farmers of Pinabacdao. Coconuts are also intercropped with bananas as permanent crops and recently, farmers are starting to plant ginger too. These crops are both for home consumption and local market. In spite of the variety of crops being produced, many pupils still suffer from malnutrition because Samar Province is a pathway of storms. With this, Zuellig Family Foundation applied to Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) for the Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program in Pinabacdao.
Since BLT begun, we experienced both delight and trials like, perhaps, other municipalities. But for the past four years, the feeding program continues for the benefit of the pupils and because of our supportive Local Chief Executive, Hon. Mario L. Quijano, M.D.
A series of typhoon came, there was Yolanda, Ruby, and Seniang which destroyed our houses and sources of income leaving our community devastated. This also affected some of our BLT pupils who cannot go to school due to lack of school supplies, uniforms and other basic necessities. But this experience gave us hope, courage and strength to face all trials. We see ourselves now as survivors and stronger than before.
Encouraging parent involvement was a challenge too. Some BLT parents are not in favor of it because, for them, meal preparation is very stressful. But the BLT Point Person Ms. Imelda Fabilane, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Ms. Zenaida Estrada and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Designate Ms. Agueda Cabornay sought ways and made the parents realize how glad and lucky we are to be chosen as one of the recipients of the JGF’s BLT School Feeding Program and it cannot be implemented if parents will not participate. Likewise, Municipal Health Officer Dr. Cornelio A. Solis and Sanitary Inspector Designate Ms. Ethel Nacario, helped by monitoring/facilitating deworming and medical check-up for the pupils. Also, the LGU, as the Local Implementing Partner, ensures that the program is well implemented in all six BLT school namely Lale Elementary School, Nabong Elementary School, Madalunot Elementary School, Laygayon Elementary, Pahug Elementary School and Parasanon Elementary School. Other efforts of the LGU are: distribution of coin bank to different institutions, conduct of parents’ seminars/orientation and provision of some kitchen utensils/supplies for the feeding center.
BLT in our Municipality gives hope to our pupils and a chance to be more creative and resourceful to its implementers/stakeholders. We are fueled by our vision for the BLT pupils: to have a healthy mind and body for a brighter future, accompanied by our mission: to implement the program well, no matter how hard it takes.
Gulayan sa Puluy-anan
University of St. La Salle – Bacolod
“Malnutrition is one of the key problems that we’re facing now. BLT Pupils often go to school hungry. Being unable to eat breakfast and dinner at home, they would just rely on the free lunch feeding at school. We want to stop it by educating our BLT parents on the importance of having a vegetable garden in their own backyards. In this way, I believe, we can lessen the impact of Malnutrition” said Elvie Aligabo, BLT feeding coordinator of Lamesa Elementary School.
Having a garden in our own backyards is a good way to lessen the impact of malnutrition and one school here in Negros Occidental does just that. The school was able to encourage BLT parents to put up their own vegetable garden at home or what they call the Gulayansa Puluy-anan.
The Gulayan sa Puluy-anan is a project of the BLT team of La Mesa Elementary School in DepEd Division of San Carlos City which is headed by its school principal, Ms. Jovita Guantero. The main objective of this project is to provide BLT families a source of organic and nutritious vegetables and fruits which they can sell and even use to feed their children at home.
Through this program, the BLT families can earn money by selling their extra produce to the school or even to the market. This way, we can also assure that the food that we serve is nutritious and free from chemicals.
Gulayan sa Puluy-anan is also a big help in sustaining parent involvement and participation.
The BLT team provides the seeds from San Carlos City Department of Agriculture. The first program evaluation was conducted last November 26, 2014 by the BLT team. They target to conduct the final evaluation in March. Winning or commendable BLT parent/s will receive grocery items and certification from the school.
Aside from the Gulayan sa Puluy-anan, some of the best practices of the school are the following—productive BLT/School garden, accurate reporting, updated BLT corner and transparency board, pro-active BLT team and cooperative BLT parents.
La Mesa Elementary School is one of the 122 recipient schools of the Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) school feeding program facilitated by Institute for Negros Development of University of St. La Salle. The feeding program is on its way to end the 120-day feeding cycle.
With Mercedes Central School (MCS) of Zamboanga City now on its second year in BLT, it faces the same problem which is perennial to almost all feeding programs, be it local or national – declining parents’ participation.
From the local term “madre” which means mother, the MCS BLT implementers together with its local implementing partner, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, organized the mothers thru the Madrepreneur Project to engage in a small scale food-based enterprise which is built on their current skills and capacities. It aims to address two things – sustaining parents’ participation in the program and capacitating women to help in the economic condition of their families.
The continuous support and active involvement of the parents has been critical in the overall success of the program. But as the implementation progresses towards the end of school year, it has been noticed that fewer mothers are performing their daily roles and responsibilities in the program. To address this concern, the MCS BLT implementers organized the Madrepreneur to motivate them to come and help in the daily feeding tasks.
After the hustle and bustle of preparing for the lunch of the BLT kids, the parents would again gather to start with the production of the gulucinas or native delicacies for snacks. With the small start-up capital contributed by each member, the parents would prepare local delicacies such as saging rebusao, madoya, ginataan mais, bayo-bayo and the like. These products are being sold at the school canteen where pupils and teachers alike are their primary customers. Apart from the canteen, the Madrepreneur group also produces gulucinas for school-based occasions like meetings, gatherings and the like, and would also take orders from teachers for their personal occasions. Daily income is accounted at the end of the day but they would divide their profit at the end of the week base on attendance per production.
The profit from the gulucinas, allows women to augment family income thus improves their involvement and motivates parents to come daily in BLT. They have also been generously allotting small percentages for the BLT fund for every production they have. One mother said, “Maliit lang yung percentage na naibibigay naming sa pondo pero galling naman sa puso ‘yon”. The fact that they are able to financially contribute to the program and also at home, enhances sense of ownership of the program and sense of fulfillment for the mothers. Furthermore, the Madrepreneur project provides venue for mothers to bond and form relationships with one another. They share laughter, they exchange skills and technologies, and they encourage each other to be more participative and supportive of the program.
Since they are engaged in a food-based entrepreneur, safety and qualitymust be ensured. Henceparents underwent a training on food safety which is made possible by the Health and Nutrition department of DepEd and was further supplemented by the training on food service and safety, and the awarding of a Health Certificate for each member of the group by the City Health Office. To ensure transparency and equality, parents hold a meeting weekly to discuss finances and were given a training on basic book keeping by the MCS BLT implementers.
Thank you for your interest in the 2015 BUSOG, LUSOG, TALINO (BLT) EXCELLENCE AWARDS! Through this first-ever awards program, Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) starts a tradition of honouring exemplary performance of BLT schools. Conferment of the awards shall serve as the highlight of the BLT Partners’ Summit Dinner on May 14, 2015.
The information below outlines the Award Categories, Eligibility, Submission, and Judging Processes for the BLT Excellence Awards. For additional questions, please contact Ms. LA Cruzat at firstname.lastname@example.org or (0920)974-8232.
I. AWARD CATEGORIES
The awards open for nominations are the following:
Nominees should meet the following eligibility criteria:
|For BLT School Nominee||a. At least on the 2nd year of BLT implementation during SY 2014-2015;b. With an FAC rating of 2.0 or higher on the FAC tool, as administered by the AIP/LIP (see updated BLT FAC standards for SY2014-2015 here)c. Has completed at least 50 BLT feeding days by November 14, 2014;d. Has submitted the following required reports to LIP/AIP on or before November 14, 2014:
e. Is endorsed by DepEd Schools Division Superintendent to participate in the awards.
|For BLT Principal and Feeding Coordinator Nominee||a. Must be from a nominated BLT school;b. Has been assigned as Principal or Feeding Coordinator in the nominated BLT school for at least one (1) yearc. Must indicate concurrence via signature on AIP’s/LIP’s nomination formd. Is endorsed by the DepEd Schools Division Superintendent to participate in the awards.|
Nominations shall come from the AIP/LIP that is directly overseeing the nominees’ BLT implementation. A Sub-LIP may submit nominations directly to the BLT Excellence Awards Secretariat, but must inform its AIP prior to submitting the nomination.
To submit your nominations:
a. Ensure that your nominee meets the eligibility requirements for the award.
b. Completely fill up the nomination form that comes with this packet. (Download form here.)
c. Secure an endorsement letter from the DepEd Schools Division Superintendent.(Download sample endorsement letter here.)
d. Submit the nomination form and required documents on or before FRIDAY, November 28, 2014 via:
Courier: Jollibee Group Foundation, 6th Floor Jollibee Plaza
F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
All nominations shall undergo a thorough process of screening and evaluation to determine the recipients of the BLT Excellence Awards.
Review of submitted nominations
|The BLT Excellence Awards Secretariat validates the eligibility of all nominees.||Eligible nominees (cc nominators and DepEd Division) will be notified and advised of the next phase of screening by December 29, 2014.|
Selection of Regional Finalists
|The BLT Excellence Awards Screening Committee selects from among the nominees the top 10 finalists for each region (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao) based on phone interview with BLT school representatives. Nominated principals/feeding coordinators from these shortlisted schools automatically advance to the next round of deliberations. The Screening Committee may choose to name less than ten (10) nominees in any region should its evaluation warrant such decision.||Regional finalists (cc nominators and DepEd Division) will be notified and advised of the next phase of screening not later than January 5, 2015.|
|Evaluation of Regional Finalists||Independent evaluators assess semi-finalists through the use of FAC tool and key person interviews during a pre-arranged date (any day from January 19 to February 6, 2015). During the set evaluation date, focus interviews will be conducted to assess nominated School Principal and Feeding Coordinator.|
Selection of National Finalists
|The BLT Excellence Awards Screening Committee deliberates on the evaluators’ reports and selects the top 2 schools for each region (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao).||National finalists (cc nominators and DepEd Division) shall be notified and advised of schedule for a video-taped final interview by February 16, 2015.|
|Evaluation of National Finalists||The BLT Excellence Awards Screening Committee arranges for a final videotaped interview with the National Finalists (any day from February 16 to March 6, 2015). This will include an interview of the principal, feeding coordinators and other stakeholders as well as the process of BLT implementation in the school.|
|Final Judging||The BLT Excellence Awards Board of Judges reviews finalists’ video interview and selects the awardees for each category. Decision of the Board of Judges is deemed final and will not be subject for appeal.||National winners (cc nominators and DepEd Division)will be informed by April 13, 2015|
|Proclamation of National Winners and Recognition Program||The winners are proclaimed and given due recognition through the following:
The winners will be proclaimed at the Awarding Ceremony on May 14 2015. They will also be featured in press releases and in social media.
Following are the incentives under the BLT Excellence Awards:
|FOR BLT SCHOOL AWARDS|
|FOR INDIVIDUAL AWARDS|
|BLT Feeding Coordinators||
VI. IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
|November 28, 2014||Deadline for submission of nominations|
|January 5, 2015||Announcement of regional finalists|
|February 16, 2015||Announcement of national finalists|
|April 13, 2015||Announcement of national winners|
|May 14, 2015||BLT Summit Dinner / Awarding Ceremony|
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