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BERJAYA Philippines Brings Light to School Children

Story and Photos by Leo Laca

The SOLAR-POWERED CLASSROOM PROJECT was funded by BERJAYA PHILIPPINES to be able to generate electricity for the benefit of the 780 pupils of its eight classrooms. From left to right are Mr. Diosdado Medina, OIC-Asst. Schools Division Superintendent, Ms. Winnie Manansala, Berjaya Philippines Financial Controller, Mr. Tan Eng Hwa, Berjaya Philippines Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Jennifer Placente, School Principal, and Ms. Flordelisa Pereyra, Assistant Schools Division

Education changes a child’s life.  It is the foundation on which every individual grows their knowledge transforming it into meaningful ways of adapting to the world.
PANGARAP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Caloocan City is a public elementary school of about 3,000 pupils that is located 24 kilometers north of Manila.  Due to a land ownership dispute, the power distribution company is barred from installing them with electricity, thus, the school classrooms can only rely on available sunlight that penetrates the jalousie windows of each classroom.  “Our school needs electric power and water supply. We are thankful that Berjaya sponsored in installing the solar panels to light up some of our classrooms,” a very appreciative statement the school Principal, Ms. Jennifer Placente, said to Mr. Tan Eng Hwa when he visited the school to hand over the donation amounting to  P 127,500 (RM10,562)

The donation financed the “Solar-powered Classroom Project” of the school which aims to generate electricity and ventilation for its 8-classroom building that will benefit about 780-grade school pupils.

Solar power is the conversion of renewable energy from sunlight into electricity. Due to its geographical location, the Philippines is an  excellent site for increased integration of solar energy for a much cheaper and economical option for electric power. electric power.

Samantha Althea Reglos is a Grade 5 pupil who describes the learning experience before and after the state of their classrooms when electricity have become available, “Mas maliwanag na po nung may ilaw na tsaka hindi na mainit kasi may electric fan na. Salamat po sa Berjaya kasi meron na kaming kuryente sa school at makapag-aaral na kaming mabuti. (It is much better now with the lights on and it is no longer warm because the electric fans are working. Thank you to Berjaya because we now have electricity and we can concentrate on our studies.”

“We in Berjaya Philippines responded to the call of the Department of Education for the private sector’s participation in uplifting the public education. With Pangarap Elementary School utilizing our donation to install solar panels to lighten up the classrooms and make the electric fans work we are hoping that the plight of the pupils here will be easier to manage so they can concentrate on giving their best in their studies,” Mr. Tan’s remark during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement and handover of the fund donation.

BEFORE and AFTER. The many years of suffering of pupils due to dim classrooms and without an electric fan ventilation were resolved in a matter of one week after Berjaya Philippines funded the Solar-Powered Classroom Project at Pangarap Elementary School.

This latest project of BERJAYA PHILIPPINES is an example of its commitment to environmental and social sustainability advocating the use of renewable energy and recognizing the importance of education in the realization of children’s rights to quality education.

BERJAYA Philippines Rising To The Challenge

Personal Protective Equipments were turned-over to The Medical City medical staff, in extreme left is Mr. Rodney Mallari, Office Management and Purchasing Manager representing Berjaya Philippines.

As COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, the role of the private sector is encouraging even if their businesses have to step back during the crisis.  Even in the midst of challenging times, through philanthropy, donations are being made directly to recipients without much fanfare but the sheer desire to help especially for the welfare of the medical front liners. 

Rising to the challenge is BERJAYA PHILIPPINES who as of 31 May 2020 have donated a total value of One Million Pesos (MYR 85,000) by donating Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) to various hospitals namely The Medical City in Pasig City, St. Dominic Hospital in Bacoor Cavite, St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital in San Juan City, East Avenue Medical Center in Quexon City, St. Camillus Medical Center in Pasig City, Lucena United Doctors Hospital in Quezon Province. The donations were coursed through Gawad Kalinga Chairman Luis Oquiñena who personally distributed the PPE’s to the aforementioned hospitals.

BERJAYA Philippines Group organizes “A Dose of Hope” vaccination program for employees

Employees of Berjaya Philippines Group pose with Mr. Tan Eng Hwa (middle) during the vaccination program held at The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig.

“We cannot wait for the government to do it by themselves so the private sector must act proactively given this ever-changing situation of virus mutation. We must protect our employees by providing vaccines so that they can work and never let our businesses be stalled,” Mr. Tan Eng Hwa expressed his views on the importance of vaccination to Berjaya employees.

The first tranche of company-procured AstraZeneca doses was administered to the Group’s first batch of employees on 1 September 2020 at The Medical City in Pasig with Berjaya Philippines Group Executive Director Mr. Tan Eng Hwa in attendance

The Berjaya Group Vaccination program reinforces the company’s support for the government’s national vaccination rollout by donating half of the 2,000 vaccines procured through a tripartite agreement via the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, who is representing the private sector and Secretary Carlito Galvez, the Chief Implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19.

The second dose for this batch is expected to be administered after three months so the employees will be fully-vaccinated paving the way to the paramount goal of herd immunity to reduce risks of severe infections.

Berjaya reach out to Taal eruption evacuees

Berjaya Philippines Executive Director Tan Eng Hwa (L) leads the distribution of relief packs to Taal Volcano eruption evacuees.

Story and Photos by Leo Laca

BERJAYA PHILIPPINES on January 22 distributed relief packs to 350 individuals or a total of 100 families in an evacuation center in Barangay San Antonio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. Leading the relief operations is Berjaya’s Executive Director Tan Eng Hwa along with some officers and employees of Philippine Gaming Management Corporation (PGMC) and Berjaya Makati Hotel, subsidiaries of Berjaya Philippines.

The evacuees are residents of Tanauan, a nearby town which is within the 14-kilometer radius declared as danger zone by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) after Taal Volcano located in the province of Batangas spewed smoke and ash up to 14 kilometers into the air on January 12 prompting warnings of possible “explosive eruption” within hours or days. The Taal Volcano, about 60 kilometers south of the capital Manila, is one of the country’s most active having erupted last in 1977 or 43 years ago. All structures, homes, streets, trees and, plants are under a blanket of thick ash while land fissures can be seen in many nearby towns. Towns within the danger zone were locked down and thus, mean that no person is allowed to stay or come back due to imminent danger of the volcano’s eruption.

In behalf of the Berjaya Group, Tan Eng Hwa has this to say, “We as a group are deeply saddened by the plight of many people affected by the eruption that’s why we would like to commiserate with them to augment their needs and let them feel that they are not left behind. We wish that the volcano will return its calm and there’s no more threat of explosion so these people can return to their normal lives.”
Each family is given a set of eating utensils, towels, shirts, and underwear. They were likewise treated to a lunch of steamed rice and tinolang manok (Filipino ginger chicken soup) cooked on-the-spot by Berjaya Hotel’s head chef RJ Mabalay, bringing along with his team the Kusina ng Berjaya (Berjaya’s Kitchen). The kitchen items used in the lunch treat were all newly-purchased and turned over to the evacuation center for their use even after the visit. To the delight of children, they were treated to an eat-all-you-can taho (sweetened tofu with tapioca pearls), native rice cakes, and ice cream.
Each family is given a set of eating utensils, towels, shirts, and underwear. They were likewise treated to a lunch of steamed rice and tinolang manok (Filipino ginger chicken soup) cooked on-the-spot by Berjaya Hotel’s head chef RJ Mabalay, bringing along with his team the Kusina ng Berjaya (Berjaya’s Kitchen). The kitchen items used in the lunch treat were all newly-purchased and turned over to the evacuation center for their use even after the visit. To the delight of children, they were treated to an eat-all-you-can taho (sweetened tofu with tapioca pearls), native rice cakes, and ice cream.