On 13 - 14 July 2017, PSALM employees, including some newly-hired staff, together with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Group busied themselves with filling over a hundred school bags with school supplies and adding McDonald’s meal boxes for distribution to the schoolchildren of Bangkal Resettlement Elementary School in Bagac, Bataan. Several boxfuls of textbooks on basic education subjects were also donated to the school.
The school’s sizeable Aeta population were overjoyed upon receiving the bags with the meals as their bonus treat. “It is fulfilling to see how delighted they were in receiving the bags and meals,” said Yaneth Joyce Guillermo of Power Accounts and Management Division. For these children, the bags symbolize hope for a bright future through education. Later, schoolchildren rendered an Aeta tribal dance to the appreciation of the PSALM volunteers.
This year’s Bags-to-School Outreach Project integrated new PSALM staff into the Corporation’s CSR activities that commit to serving marginalized and underserved communities in the country. “As a first-time volunteer, I realized how blessed I am. I also became friends with employees from other departments. We have the same goal of helping those in need,” said first-time volunteer Jojie Mae Ventura.
For future conduct of the Bags-to-School activity, finance specialist Melody Santos recommends, “We could do something, such as a group performance on the part of volunteers, that would connect to children. It is not necessary that we explain the technical side of what PSALM does but it is important that beneficiaries are able to appreciate the message we want to convey.”
Now in its fifth-year run, the Bags-to-School Outreach Project’s first beneficiaries were the children of Barangay Hulo in Angat, Bulacan back in July 2012.Back