First Gen’s corporate social responsibility and community relations programs consider education as one of its core focus areas. Designed to develop and improve the quality of life of residents in the host communities, projects geared toward education aimed to promote their level of self-reliance.
Classroom-building Projects. First Gen completed the construction of 15 typhoon-resilient school buildings and repaired one (1) school building each in Leyte, Capiz, Samar, and Laguna. The beneficiary schools were: Margen National High School, Matica-a National High School, Rustico Capahi Sr. Memorial High School, Kawayan National High School, Kananga National High School, Granja Kalinawan National High School, Teofilo Macaso National High School, Manaybanay National High School, Dumarao Central School, the Barugo National High School, Jugaban National High School, Capoocan Central School, Burauen National High School, Comprehensive National High School, Sulat National School, and Oscar M. Lopez Dayap
Brigada Eskwela 2016. The Brigada Eskwela is an annual multi-sectoral volunteer program spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd) to prepare schools for the resumption of classes. First Gen actively supported this year’s Brigada Eskwela through numerous donations and volunteer work. The Company donated building materials for the construction of a school fence and smoothening of the pavement at Sta. Rita National High School, and for the repair of a school building at Bolbok Elementary School. First Gen also donated seven (7) units of stand fans to Kalayaan Elementary School. First Gen employees in Bukidnon likewise participated in the repair of a classroom at Damilag Elementary School, while First Gen employees in Puyo provided paint materials and volunteered 80 man-hours for three (3) schools namely: Zapanta Valley Primary School, Baleguian Elementary School, and Maraiging Elementary School.
School Supplies Donations. First Gen’s support for schools did not stop at Brigada Eskwela. The Company distributed school supplies to 352 students enrolled in Sta. Rita Aplaya Elementary School and Sta. Rita Karsada Elementary School, both in Batangas. First Gen also donated school bags and other school materials to 220 students at Bolbok Elementary School. Supplies were likewise given to 29 schools for the benefit of 6,827 students and 244 teachers in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija. Capping off the donations were pre-packaged school supplies to 3,167 students, and school backpacks to 725 students—covering the needs of eight (8) day care centers, six (6) elementary schools, and two (2) national high schools and Alternative Learning Systems in the barangays of Maraiging, Baleguian, Cuyago, and Bangonay in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.
Education Incentive Program. For School Year (SY) 2016 to 2017, First Gen provided school allowances to 173 Grade 6 pupils in four (4) schools, namely: Kalayaan Elementary School, Masiway Elementary School, West Central Elementary School, and Sampaloc Elementary School in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.
In-school Feeding Program. First Gen recognizes the importance of proper nutrition. And through feeding programs, we are able to help indigent students concentrate on their lessons in school and not be obliged to drop out and help their parents provide for their basic needs. For SY 2016-2017, 153 severely wasted students are enrolled in feeding programs in five (5) schools, namely: Kalayaan Elementary School, Masiway Elementary School, West Central Elementary School, Sampaloc Elementary School, and Lower Tuli Elementary School.
Values Formation Seminar. Recognizing the need to foster moral values on the impressionable youth, First Gen also conducted a values formation seminar for 44 members of the Supreme Pupil Government (SPG), or the student government, in Sta. Rita Aplaya Elementary School, Sta. Rita Karsada Elementary School, and Bolbok Elementary School. The participation of pupils in student governments is encouraged by the DepEd because it fosters leadership and promotes excellence and their welfare. First Gen would like to ensure that our future leaders are taught the Lopez values and to develop their moral compasses while still young.
Teacher Training. Beyond supporting students, we also find value in equipping and empowering teachers. Thus, First Gen conducted a series of First Aid and Basic Life Support training, and an Information, Education, and Communications (IEC) workshop on Climate Change, to 17 teachers from four (4) schools, namely: Kalayaan Elementary School, Masiway Elementary School, West Central Elementary School, and Sampaloc Elementary School.