Converge ICT Chief Executive Officer Dennis Anthony H. Uy together with Converge ICT Chairman Jose P. De Jesus, CDC Chairman Atty. Edgardo Pamintuan, CDC President and CEO Manuel R. Gaerlan, CDC Director Nestor Villaroman, Jr, and CDC Director Gen. Emmanuel Salamat led the distribution of 60 learning tablets and nine Large Format Displays (LFDs) to the selected Aeta students.
The said materials will be used by the students to efficiently continue their education via e-learning module even amidst the current pandemic.
In his speech, Gaerlan thanked Converge for its support and encouraged the parents of the students to continue valuing their children’s education.
“We have seen the improvement of the students through this program. We started from 50 and now we have 80 students and counting. The students are lucky to have OB Montessori as partner and I hope the parents will continue to guide their children to help uplift their life in the future. I hope there will be more kind-hearted company like Converge to help us with our CSR”, he said.
For his part, Uy expressed elation over their partnership with the state-owned firm.
“It is a great honor to partner with CDC in this kind of CSR for IP people. We see that these young people, our next generation will be our future,” Uy added.
Meanwhile, Mary Grace Marquez, a parent of one of the students of the Pagsasarili program thanked CDC and Converge for the help that they have provided to them.
” Nagpapasalamat po ako sainyo dahil isa po ang aking anak sa mga nakapag aral sa OB Pagsasarili. Nasa kindergarten napo sya at sana po mas marami papo kayong matulungan. Maraming maraming salamat po,” she said.
Also present during the activity are CDC Vice President for Administration and Finance Mariza Mandocdoc, CDC Assistant Vice President for External Affairs Rommel Narciso, OB Montessori- Angeles Manager Audrey Paras, and Bamban, Tarlac Municipal Administrator Carlito Policarpio.
Aeta Pagsasarili Family Care Center was created through the partnership of CDC and OB Montessori. It is a project under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program of the state-owned firm, and was launched in July 2019 to provide an early childhood and adult learning program for Indigenous Peoples from nearby communities of this Freeport.