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DepEd recognizes Tzu Chi as education partner

October 14, 2014 | Rita Tan

Tzu Chi Foundation gets recognition from the Department of Education on October 14, 2014 during the office’s annual “Appreciation Program for Education Partners”. (From left is Undersecretary for Partnerships & External Linkages Mario A. Deriquito, Tzu Chi Volunteers Maritess Bea, Rita Tan and Ruby Ang, and DepEd’s Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro. 【Photo by Eunice Braga】

Story Highlights

  • Tzu Chi Foundation gets a recognition from the Department of Education on October 14, 2014 for its outstanding contribution to uphold education, particularly in the last quarter of 2013 after the Zamboanga siege in September, Bohol earthquake in October, and the horrifying Typhoon Yolanda in November, taking its hardest toll in Tacloban City.

  • The awarding took place during DepEd’s “2014 Appreciation Program”, an annual activity which recognizes their partners who extend support for the realization of DepEd’s vision through the years.

 

The Department of Education (DepEd) in its "Adopt a School" program,  invites all private sectors to join and support projects of the institution that are vital in addressing the needs of our local schools, providing a sufficient quality learning environment that may be accessible to a broad extent. Proper education, as a common belief, plays an important role to mold the Filipino children to come out as leaders of the society in the future.

With the theme DepEd : Ensuring Quality Education through Partnerships, the Department of Education held the “2014 Appreciation Program", which occurs annually to recognize their partners who extend support for the realization of their vision through the years..  The awarding took place on October 14, 2014 at the Meralco Multi-Purpose Hall, Meralco Compound, Pasig City.

Recognitions were based on the partners’ contribution to infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation is among the recipients of DepEd’s acknowledgment in the infrastructure project category. The foundation has been recognized for its contribution to uphold education, particularly in the last quarter of 2013 after the Zamboanga siege in September, Bohol earthquake in October, and the horrifying Typhoon Yolanda in November, taking its hardest toll in Tacloban City.

It can be recalled that the foundation had donated numerous temporary prefabricated classrooms in these areas and still continues on with more rehabilitation projects.

Master Cheng Yen,  founder of the Buddhist foundation, firmly believes that the hope of society lies on the children while the hope of these children is in education. With this thought in mind, Tzu Chi Foundation puts priority on education projects that ease the lives of poor but deserving students. Education, Master Cheng Yen says, cannot wait.

In the ceremony, DepEd officials thank all of their partners who assist during disasters through short- and long-term programs. The immeasurable effort and generosity of these partners benefits more than 21 million learners.

As the program developed, the officials provided inputs for the organizations to work on and improve their efforts in the future. They emphasized some considerations on resiliency in designs allowing more spaces particularly those in urban areas; providing education programs for senior citizens; and lastly, support for a more intensified school program for hard and poor learners, out of school kids, street children, and disabled children.  They also mentioned about the ones living in remote areas who need to cross rivers just to get to their schools.