DAVAO CITY – To symbolize the commitment of the local community in addressing malnutrition among school children, the City Government of Davao signed a City Ordinance granting P5.7-million as a support to the Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program. BLT is now assured of continuous implementation in 142 public elementary schools in Davao City for the next five (5) years. The City Ordinance came in at the perfect time as BLT celebrates its 7th year of feeding this school year 2013-2014.
In celebration of this milestone, Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) recognized the overwhelming support of its local implementing partners (LIPs) in Davao City. The special event was attended by no less than Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin C. Luistro and Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) President Grace Tan Caktiong.
The BLT School Feeding Program is an initiative of JGF with partnering institutions that addresses hunger among Grades 1 and 2 pupils to help them stay in school and learn better. BLT provides daily lunch to undernourished public school pupils for 136 days or eight (8) months during the school year (July-March).
In his speech, Sec. Luistro lauded the efforts of the City Government of Davao and BLT Partners for the Php5.7M support to BLT. He also noted that this program should be replicated in more public schools. “I am serious that this program is worth plagiarizing. In DepEd Schools, we say that honesty is the best policy, no cheating. But this is one good project that I give permission to our principals to copy. All good projects cannot stay in their birth place,” said DepEd Sec. Luistro.
“We are very thankful to our Davao local implementing partners who worked very hard thru BLT for our school children. We are certain that this kind of achievement will inspire more communities and partners in other BLT areas so that the program can continue to help in addressing hunger among school children to keep them in school,” Mrs. Tan Caktiong said in her statement.
This school year, the BLT School Feeding Program covers more than 1,200 public schools in over 200 cities/municipalities nationwide; providing daily lunch to 48,000 pupils selected from Grades 1 and 2 to help address hunger and encourage them to attend school every day. This brings the total number of BLT pupils covered by the program to over 100,000 since its first year of implementation in 2007.
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.
Photo above shows Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro personally assisting a BLT pupil during the 7th Annual BLT Opening this SY 2013-2014. Also in photo are Jollibee Group Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong, JTC Group of Companies Chief Executive Officer Jaime T. Cruz and F. Dizon Elementary School Principal Lilian Libre.
Jollibee Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corp (JFC), scales up its Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program for school year 2012-2013 covering more than a thousand schools this June. This means more than 40,000 public school pupils will be assured of daily lunch, which will help encourage the pupils to attend school everyday.
To support the scaling up process, the Foundation gathered all its partners nationwide for a two-day summit dubbed as “Soar High Together.” The event was attended by more than 400 supporters composed of local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), academe and private sector who have joined hands with the Foundation in a common pursuit of reducing hunger among public school pupils.
Soaring High Together
Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong thanked all the BLT partners for joining Jollibee Foundation in its journey over the past five years.
The 2012 Busog, Lusog, Talino Summit serves to thank all the BLT partners who participated in developing and expanding the program over the last five years. “This Summit is a way to recognize and honor all of you, our partners for joining Jollibee Foundation in its journey the past years. It also serves as a moment to galvanize our commitment to the cause we have embraced – to bring a brighter future to our children through education and food security,” Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong said in his message. The summit also served as a venue to share best practices, discuss common challenges and strengthen the BLT Community of Practice (CoP). A fellowship dinner gathering on April 26 marked the occasion followed by a whole day learning workshop on April 27.
Over the years, BLT has become a platform for communities to unite against hunger in schools as leaders found ways and means to generate needed resources. Mayors John Bagasao of Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya, Marivic Belena of San Jose City, Nueva Ecija and Roger Panganiban of Padre Burgos, Quezon have taken the lead in integrating BLT in their respective education agenda making it possible to cover all public elementary schools in their districts.
With the continued success of BLT in many of the schools that participated on the program, and with the support of all partners, public school pupils nowadays have a better chance to continue and finish their studies.
The Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program is an initiative that addresses hunger among Grades 1 and 2 pupils and helps them to stay in school and learn better. Since 2007, BLT has been providing daily lunch to undernourished public school pupils for 136 days or eight (8) months during the school year (July-March).
During the dinner gathering, Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong and Jollibee Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong thanked the guest speakers, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC.
In photo: Jollibee Foundation recognizes the BLT pupils who participated in the “Run to Feed” held last February 26. These students won in the 3k male and female divisions – are all from San Diego Elementary School in Quezon City.
Jollibee Foundation supported two recently concluded Fun Run events that raised funds for public school feeding.
Ateneo de Manila University, through the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) hosted “Run to Feed” to raise money, support, and awareness of ACED’s efforts toward public school development, particularly its feeding programs in public elementary schools, which include schools in Quezon City, Parañaque, Valenzuela, and Bacnotan (La Union). ACED is Jollibee Foundation’s partner for the “Busog, Lusog, Talino” (BLT) school feeding program. BLT schools also showed their support in this very worthy cause, as shown by the students from different public schools in Quezon City, Valenzuela and Paranaque City who ran in the 3k category.
In an effort to help raise awareness and encourage more support from the community, San Pedro College of Davao and its Community Extension Service team hosted a fun run event to help ensure the continuity of the BLT school feeding program in its 2nd and 3rd year of implementation among three BLT schools in Davao City.
Photo above shows: Runners warm up as they get ready to run for BLT and the public school children of Davao.